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Ukrainian Constitutional Court rules bill on canceling MPs immunity is legal

June 19, 2015, 11:42 UTC+3 KIEV
The bill now needs to be adopted at the next session of the parliament
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Ukraine's Constitutional Court (archive)

Ukraine's Constitutional Court (archive)

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KIEV, June 19. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the bill on depriving deputies and judges of immunity complies with the country’s constitution, a local news agency reported on Friday.

"The Constitutional Court has acknowledged that the bill on canceling immunity of deputies and limiting immunity of judges is constitutional," the Ukrainskiye Novosti (Ukrainian News) agency said.

The bill now needs to be adopted at the next session of the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, by at least two thirds of MPs or 300 votes.

In early February, the parliament adopted a bill on amending the country’s constitution by depriving deputies and judges of immunity. It took the Constitutional Court more than two months to consider the document, which amends the country’s key law.

The bill suggests excluding from article 80 of Ukraine’s Constitution parts on guarantying deputy immunity. Besides, article 129 of the Constitution is added by a provision that a judge cannot be detained or arrested without the consent of the High Justice Council before an indictment sentence is passed by court. The exception is the case when a judge is detained while committing or shortly after committing a grave or particularly grave crime against a human life.

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