According to MP from the Samopomich Union faction, the Parliament should make the procedure of removal of parliamentary immunity simple and honest both with respect to people, and to the deputies themselves.
“No artificial precautions will save from political persecution, especially from the people’s wrath. I am convinced that if there is a task to persecute somebody politically, no matter what the existing procedures are, the immunity of a certain MP will be removed very quickly, and it will not help anyhow. Therefore, our task today is to show that we are not afraid of this responsibility,” said Ruslan Sydorovych.
Today, the biggest obstacle for a prompt decision on the Verkhovna Rada’s delivering agreement on prosecuting a deputy is para. 3 of article 218 of the Law of Ukraine “On the Regulations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine”, which provides for the Prosecutor General’s Office’s provision of evidence of the deputy’s committing a crime, which makes the Regulations Committee and the Parliament itself quasi-judicial bodies.
Therefore the Samopomich Union faction proposes to amend the existing legislation by amending the laws on the status of people’s deputies and the regulations of the Verkhovna Rada.
“The algorithm that we propose is as follows: the Prosecutor General or the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor submits a representation, in which he only notes in the commission of which crime a deputy is suspected, without giving any evidence.
The corresponding representation is submitted to the session hall no later than in three plenary days after the receipt; at the same time, no decision to include the representation into the agenda of the session is required. Then the Parliament, as a political body, makes its own political decision without duplicating the functions of the court,” explains Ruslan Sydorovych.
The MP adds, the significant simplification of the removal of parliamentary immunity should be implemented by the end of this year, “This will really make the politicians show their real colours.”