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Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine canceled parliamentary immunity


On September 3, Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada voted for the abolition of parliamentary immunity.

The bill provides for amendments to Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine.

373 deputies voted in favor.

Earlier, on October 19 of 2017, the Verkhovna Rada sent two draft laws to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in order to draw conclusions on amending the Constitution with regard to the abolition of parliamentary immunity. The law had to exclude the provision that "MPs cannot be held criminally liable, detained or arrested without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine". At the same time, there was a rule that MPs are not legally responsible for the results of voting or statements in Parliament and its bodies, except for the responsibility for insult or defamation. The draft law was supposed to come into force on January 1, 2020.

The bill passed the first reading on the night of August 30, 2019.