Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko proposed the Verkhovna Rada to amend the Constitution regarding immunity of parliament’s deputies. Such bill was registered in Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday.
According to bill’s name, it is proposed to amend Art. 80 of the Constitution, but the text of the document has not yet been made public on the official parliamentary website.
In accordance with Art. 80 of the Constitution, deputies of the Verkhovna Rada are guaranteed parliamentary immunity: they do not bear legal responsibility for the results of voting or statements in parliament and its bodies (except for responsibility for insult or slander), and cannot be criminally prosecuted or arrested without the consent of the parliament.
The presidential bill provides for the removal of parliamentary immunity from deputies from January 1, 2020.
The bill provides for a change in the article "People's deputies of Ukraine are guaranteed parliamentary immunity." In particular, it is proposed to exclude the norm, according to which the people's deputies of Ukraine cannot be brought to criminal responsibility, detained or arrested without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, .
However, another rule of the article will continue to operate - people's deputies will not be legally responsible for the results of voting or statements in the parliament and its bodies, with the exception of responsibility for insult or slander.
As it was reported earlier 158 Ukrainian MPs registered a draft bill on abolishment of deputies’ immunity in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The draft bill on the amendments to the Constitution are introduced accordingly under the number 6773.
No text of the bill is available on the parliamentary website. According to Ukrainian Constitution, the President or at least 150 MPs have the right to initiate the changes to Constitution.