Ukraine's Constitutional Court greenlights abolition of parliamentary immunity
The abolition of parliamentary immunity complies with the Constitution of Ukraine.
Such a decision was made by the Constitutional Court at a closed session on June 6 following an analysis of bill No. 6773.
The court came to such conclusion after the request of the Verkhovna Rada to give an opinion as to whether the draft law complies with the requirements of Article 157 and Article 158 of the Constitution of Ukraine or not, as reported by the Judicial and legal newspaper.
Now the document can be considered by the parliament. According to it, Part 1 and Part 3 of Article 80 are removed from the text of the Constitution, which stipulate the immunity of people's deputies, the prohibition of their arrest and bringing to criminal responsibility without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 19, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine sent two draft laws on lifting parliamentary immunity to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.
One of the draft laws is the bill submitted by the president on the abolition of the immunity of people's deputies, set to be enforced from January 1, 2020.
The bill was sent to the Constitutional Court to obtain a conclusion on its compliance with Articles 157-158 of the Constitution of Ukraine.
The bill "On Amendments to Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine (concerning the immunity of people's deputies, registration No. 7203), introduced by the president, provides for excluding from the current version of the Basic Law the regulation that "people's deputies cannot be brought to criminal responsibility, detained or arrested without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine."
At the same time, the norm remains in the law that people's deputies bear no legal responsibility for the outcome of their voting or statements voiced in parliament and its bodies, with the exception of responsibility for insult or slander.
In addition, the parliament adopted a resolution to include in the agenda the draft law "On Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding the abolition of parliamentary immunity)" (registration No. 6773), submitted by MP Yuriy Levchenko and 157 other deputies.
If adopted, the law is to be enforced the day after it is officially published, according to the latter bill.