Ukraine’s parliament intends to restrict to final MPs’ immunity

The decision on the detention, arrest, search, wiretap or use of other means will be agreed by the prosecutor general
19:08, 3 December 2019


The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the bill #2237 on the final restriction of the MPs’ immunity, according to which, the measures toward the lawmakers will be agreed by the prosecutor general or acting prosecutor general. 253 MPs supported the bill, as 112 Ukraine reported.

According to the draft bill, the lawmakers do not bear legal responsibility for the results of the voting and statements in the parliament and its bodies, excluding the responsibility for offense or slander.

It is planned to authorize the prosecutor general to put information into the United register of pretrial investigations on the possible commitment of the offense by the lawmaker.

Besides, it is planned to order the prosecutor general or acting prosecutor general to support the appeal on the permission for the detention, arrest or house arrest, search, wiretap or use of other means, including undeclared investigative actions, which restrict the rights and freedoms of MP.

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It is supposed that the appeal will be considered by the investigating judge of the appeal court within the territorial jurisdiction of the body of the pretrial investigation. Concerning the criminal proceedings assigned to the jurisdiction of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court – the investigating judge of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court.

In particular cases, it is planned to remain the right to appeal such regulations in the appeal order.

On September 3, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine finally amended the Constitution and restricted the immunity of the MPs. 373 lawmakers voted for the bill #7203.

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

Earlier, it was reported that Ukrainian lawmakers voted for the law that lifted parliamentary immunity. 363 MPs supported the document. The law makes it easier to detain and bring any MP to justice, in case this person breaks the law.

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