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Verkhovna Rada recommended adopting amendments to Constitution on parliamentary immunity

17 members of the committee voted in favor of the appeal, two voted against, one abstained, while two parliamentarians did not vote
12:09, 2 September 2019

Session of Committee on Legal Policy
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The Committee on Legal Policy recommended that Verkhovna Rada finally amend the Constitution on parliamentary immunity restrictions. The session was broadcasted on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

17 members of the committee voted in favor of the appeal, two voted against, one abstained, while two parliamentarians did not voteю

During the discussion, the Committee raised the issue that during the first session of the Verkhovna Rada of the 9th convocation, the Parliament recognized that the Resolution “On Further Work on the Bill on Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on the Immunity of Parliamentarians of Ukraine” from September 20, 2018 as such that lost its validity.   

The terms for completion have long since expired, and work on the legislative act actually did not take place.

The bill provides for amendments to Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine, - “Parliamentarians of Ukraine are Guaranteed Parliamentarian Immunity" - is a norm according to which “the Parliamentarians of Ukraine cannot be prosecuted, detained or arrested without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.   

Another norm of the article will continue to act: “Parliamentarians will not be legally responsible for the results of voting or expression in parliament and its bodies, except for responsibility for insult or slander.”

The changes are due to take effect on January 1, 2020.

Earlier, it was reported that Ukrainian lawmakers voted for the law that lifted parliamentary immunity from members of the Parliament - that is, themselves. 363 MPs voted for 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 work day, 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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