Parliament considers removal of Novinsky’s parliamentary immunity

Source : 112 Ukraine

MPs also plan to consider draft laws necessary for the adoption of the state budget for 2017
11:55, 8 December 2016

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Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine considers the first question of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine (GPU) to provide consent to the criminal prosecution of people's deputy, member of the faction "The opposition bloc" Vadym Novinsky at the plenary meeting on Thursday, December 8. This is stated in the agenda of the meeting, published on the website of the Ukrainian parliament.

Among other things, the agenda of the Parliament included bills on limited and additional liability of the state program of aviation safety of civil aviation, the inland water transport, as well as a number of issues of agrarian policy.

Related: Ukraine’s regulatory committee refers to Parubiy to lift immunity of Novinsky

The morning plenary session of parliament started at 10:00 am Kyiv time.

Recall that Novinsky is suspected of criminal offenses under Part. 2 Art. 146 ("Illegal imprisonment or kidnapping") and Part. 1 Art. 365 ("Abuse of power or official authority by a law enforcement authority") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The General Prosecutor’s Office stresses on the abuse of power by Novinsky and his crimes together with former President Viktor Yanukovych and law enforcement agencies in Kyiv with false imprisonment of the Archbishop (now - Metropolitan) Alexander (Drabynko), when he was an assistant to the late Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate ( UOC MP), Vladimir (Sabodan).

Novinsky himself pleaded not guilty and said this is a political deal.

Related: Committee postponed decision on Novinsky case

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