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Rada strips immunity from Melnychuk, but fails to vote for his arrest

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Wednesday agreed to strip MP from Oleh Liashko's Radical Party and founder and first commander of the Aidar Battalion Serhiy Melnychuk of his MP’s immunity from prosecution, but refused to give consent to his detention and arrest.

UNIAN
UNIAN

The decision to strip the MP of his immunity was supported by 262 out of 313 MPs registered in the session hall.

However, only 32 out of 318 MPs registered in the session hall supported the idea of detaining Melnychuk. And only 16 out of 318 MPs registered in the session hall supported the decision to arrest him.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Melnychuk was accused of forming a criminal gang.

Speaking in the Verkhovna Rada, Acting Prosecutor General of Ukraine Volodymyr Huzyr said that Melnychuk had been involved in illegal actions outside of the conflict zone.

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