The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy and Justice voted to send two bills on the removal of parliamentary immunity to the Constitutional Court – both the bill #6773, prepared by a group of people’s deputies and registered on July 19, 2017, and the bill #7203, introduced by the president on October 17, 2017.
According to Samopomich MP Ruslan Sydorovych, now the parliament has to vote with its 226 votes to direct these bills that amend the Constitution – eliminating the second paragraph of Article 80, which establishes the immunity of deputies – to the Constitutional Court. Only upon the reception of the relevant conclusion from the Court, the procedure for considering the bills in the first reading will begin.
“Until this point, they cannot be considered. For my part, I insisted that the draft law #5487 – which significantly limits the immunity of deputies by amending the laws on the Verkhovna Rada regulations and the status of people’s deputy – should be also put to vote when the relevant conclusions will be submitted to the session hall.
This will allow us to significantly restrict the immunity of deputies and get rid of all those unnecessary discussions that arise when there are prosecutor’s citations with regard to some MPs; and we will be able to do this immediately, perhaps even tomorrow, instead of waiting for half a year, as this is required by the process of introducing amendments to the Constitution,” said Ruslan Sydorovych.
Therefore, he expressed the hope that tomorrow there will be 226 votes in the session hall not only to forward the draft amendments to the Constitution for consideration by the Constitutional Court, but also to adopt this draft law on introducing corresponding amendments to the law on the Verkhovna Rada regulations and on the status of people’s deputies of Ukraine, at least in the first reading.