11:35 20.07.2017

Bill on removal of parliamentary immunity registered in Rada

A group of parliamentary members proposes to amend the Constitution of Ukraine and revoke the immunity of deputies.

Corresponding bill No. 6773 "On Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding the abolition of parliamentary immunity)" was registered in the parliament on Wednesday, the website of the Verkhovna Rada said.

The authors of the bill are more than 150 Rada members from different factions and non-factional ones. The text of the project has not been made public yet.

As reported, on January 16, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the bill on amending the Constitution of Ukraine to abolish immunity for parliamentary deputies and judges (No.1776). The bill was submitted for consideration by the Constitution Court of Ukraine.

On June 19, 2015, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine accepted the constitutionality of the bill on amendments to the Fundamental Law on deputy and judge immunity. Under the court's decision, the bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on the immunity of people's deputies and judges can be considered as being in line with Articles 157 and 158 of the Constitution of Ukraine.

On September 15 of the same year, Poroshenko said he expected the adoption of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine concerning the abolition of deputy and judicial immunity in the first reading by the Verkhovna Rada at the current session. The president recalled that he initiated amendments to the Constitution in four directions: decentralization, judicial reform, and also the removal of parliamentary and judicial immunity. "I submitted, voted, sent to the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court supported these changes, and now this bill is to be considered by the parliament. If they delay it for a long time, then we will stimulate, including through the mechanism of people's support, because today there are people's deputies who are reasonably suspected of committing corruption crimes and, in fact, it is impossible to detain them," the president said.

On February 9, 2016, Poroshenko expressed hope that the people's deputies would return to consideration of his bill on the removal of parliamentary immunity (No. 1776). "This bill received the positive conclusion of the Constitutional Court claiming it as constitutional. Today it's the Verkhovna Rada's turn. We need a public request, civil pressure," the president said, recalling that he had previously submitted a relevant bill to the parliament, and the Verkhovna Rada sent it to the Constitutional Court. After the Constitutional Court made its conclusion, the parliament did not consider this issue any more.

According to the information on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, as of July 11, 2017, the presidential draft law on amending the Constitution of Ukraine (concerning the immunity of people's deputies of Ukraine and judges) No. 1776, which received the conclusion of the Constitutional Court on June 30, 2015, on July 2, 2015 it was considered by one of the parliamentary committees, and on December 22, 2015 the second committee provided its conclusion. Now it has the status of "Pending consideration."

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