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Duma to discuss MP’s immunity in prosecutor's presence

July 05, 2012, 14:38 UTC+3

Bessonov dismissed it as "a decision of tendentious character".

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MOSCOW, July 5 (Itar-Tass) ——The State Duma will hold debates on Friday against Duma deputy Vladimir Bessonov who might be stripped of his status of immunity from prosecution if the State Duma gives its consent.

Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said that Russian Prosecutor General, Yuri Chaika, and head of the Russian Investigative Committee (SK) Alexander Bastrykin were invited to attend the Duma debates on Bessonov's case.

According to the rules of procedure the Russian prosecutor general, the head of a respective profile committee of the State Duma, MP Bessonov, and Vladimir Vasilyev, who headed a working group which visited Rostov-on-Don to clarify the incident, were invited to attend, Naryshkin said. Bessonov's case is one of the first issues on Duma Friday's agenda, he added.

On Wednesday the State Duma committee on regulation and procedural organization recommended that the lower house should give its consent to the Russian prosecutor general request to open a criminal case against Bessonov, said head of the committee Eldar Gabdrakhmanov.

Bessonov dismissed it as "a decision of tendentious character".

In his address to the Duma speaker on June 29 the prosecutor general asked the State Duma to give its consent to criminal prosecution of MP Vladimir Bessonov from the Communist party bloc who was accused of using force against police during a rally in Rostov-on-Don on December 2, 2011. It was a second appeal to the Duma asking to open a criminal case against the MP after a similar appeal made by the Investigative Committee on June 18 was turned down. The State Duma returned the appeal to SK then because after an inquiry Duma said that only the prosecutor general was authorized to make such appeals.

Earlier, SK spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass that local policemen had lodged a complaint with the Rostov-on-Don SK department, demanding to bring to justice Vladimir Bessonov "who caused bodily injuries to some of them" during the rally which was not authorized.

According to a pre-trial investigation, Bessonov was an organizer of a rally held on December 2, 2011 which drew more than 100 participants. The rally, not coordinated with the city administration, was held on a square outside the residence of a plenipotentiary envoy of the Russian president to the Southern Federal District.

MP Bessonov has dismissed the police claims as "absolutely unsubstantiated".

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