Law on abolition of MPs immunity enters into force in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Now MPs can be prosecuted, detained or arrested without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada
17:27, 1 January 2020
From January 1, 2020, the law on the abolition of parliamentary immunity entered into force in Ukraine.

The bill provides the amendment of Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine. Particularly, this article reads: “MPs of Ukraine are guaranteed with the parliamentary immunity” and norm, which states that “the lawmakers of Ukraine cannot be prosecuted, detained or arrested without the agreement of the Verkhovna Rada” are withdrawn.

Another norm of the article will continue to act: the MPs will not be responsible legally for the results of the voting, statements about the parliament and its bodies, excluding the responsibility for insulting or defamation.

“I would like to dispel all myths and political manipulations: the lawmakers will keep the indemnity. They will not be responsible for political decisions, voting or political and public speeches. The issue is about the permission for prosecution,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

As we reported, the Committee on Legal Policy recommended that Verkhovna Rada finally amend the Constitution on parliamentary immunity restrictions

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