Ukrainian parliament restricts MPs’ immunity

The bill provides the amendment of Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine
12:00, 3 September 2019

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine finally amended the Constitution and restricted the immunity of the MPs. 373 lawmakers voted for the bill #7203 as 112 Ukraine reported.

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“the lawmakers of Ukraine cannot be prosecuted, detained or arrested without the agreement of the Verkhovna Rada” are withdrawn.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.

Related: Servant of the People announced law on lifting immunity for non-attendance

The amendments will come into force since January 1, 2020.

 “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

Related: Ukrainian MPs lift parliamentary immunity

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.

On August 29, members of the newly shaped Ukrainian Parliament gathered for the opening session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. On the very first workday, they dismissed the previous government, shaped the new Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, relieved Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko of his office and appointed his successor Ruslan Ryaboshapka.

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