Anti-Corruption Bureau and Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office call on president to veto bill on limiting MPs parliamentary immunity

Source : 112 Ukraine

Legislative act carries risks of complicating work of investigators in investigating cases of alleged violations of MPs
19:00, 18 December 2019

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The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office urge the president to veto bill No. 2237 on legislative changes regarding the restriction of parliamentary immunity adopted by parliament. Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office Facebook page reported.

They argue that the bill will reduce the effectiveness of the investigation of crimes committed with the participation of existing parliamentarians. Certain adopted standards may lead to procedural problems at the beginning of the investigation and allow these participants to avoid responsibility.

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According to the bill, only the prosecutor general or his acting person will be able to enter information on the commission of a criminal violation by MP in the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations.

"This norm jeopardizes the independence of NABU detectives and SAP prosecutors in their activities, because now, before starting an investigation, they must contact the prosecutor general to convince him to submit information to the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations," - the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office said.

They insist that this bill partially makes it impossible to collect evidence in production.

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 "Suppose, within the framework of one investigation, the NABU detectives revealed another crime, to which the people's deputy allegedly was involved. Before the entry into force of draft law No. 2237, it is enough for the investigators to isolate the indicated episode and investigate as a separate proceeding. If the draft is voted to become law, the detectives will have to convince the prosecutor general to start an investigation, but after it began, all evidence gathered in another case is recognized as unacceptable, " - the statement explained.

As we reported, MPs from Servant of the People party have restricted the parliamentary immunity. The current composition lets this political force make the decision single-handedly, without the need to enjoy the support of other parties. The remaining parties did not vote for this bill, saying it would concentrate the power in the hands of Prosecutor General.

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