Syroyid: The President gave the order to his faction not to vote for the removal of immunity

The parliament did not support the removal of parliamentary immunity from people’s deputies of the Opposition Bloc. The Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Oksana Syroyid, says that this testifies to the fact that the Prosecutor General and the President decided to devalue the parliament.

“Secondly,” continues the Vice Speaker, “what happened today is a symbiosis of the current criminal authorities and the former criminal authorities. At a time when the issue of removing parliamentary immunity from two deputies representing the force, which is in the opposition to the state, is presented for consideration, these are the coalition factions – Petro Poroshenko Bloc and Narodnyi Front – that lack votes. Moreover, it does not look like this happened accidentally; it is clear the MPs had received the relevant order. Who gave such an order? First of all, the President of Ukraine.

When the Prosecutor General comes and says that a people’s deputy should be held accountable for stealing or plundering a defence enterprise, and the President of Ukraine forbids the deputies of his faction to vote, I have a question – maybe this deputy has already shared whatever he had stolen with the President?”

The Vice Speaker emphasizes, “The task of the parliament is not to assess the validity of the charges. The parliament cannot replace the court. In fact, voting for the removal of parliamentary immunity only enables the investigation as such.

The task of the prosecutor’s office, the investigation, the court is to establish whether or not there was a crime.” If the President, the Prosecutor General and the coalition were really interested in removing parliamentary immunity – to make deputies equal before the law the way other people are – they would have long passed the law registered by the Samopomich faction several years ago, which amends the Criminal Procedure Code and the law on the Regulations of the Verkhovna Rada. The document allows conducting an investigation without amending the Constitution and without holding the procedure of lifting immunity in the parliament.

“Then there would not have been shows like this at all, and the investigation bodies together with the prosecutor’s office would have had the opportunity to work until the cases were forwarded to courts,” concludes Oksana Syroyid.

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