The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has lifted parliamentary immunity, ONA reports citing Ukrinform.
The Verkhovna Rada has approved at second reading the bill No. 7203 introducing amendments to Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding the immunity of people's deputies of Ukraine).
A total of 373 MPs voted in favour of the document at a parliament meeting on Tuesday, with the required minimum being 300 votes.
Bill No. 7203 was registered in the parliament of the eighth convocation by former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. It provides for the exclusion from Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine of a clause that guarantees MPs immunity, as well as the inability to be held criminally liable, detained or arrested without the consent of the Ukrainian Rada. Article 80 of the Constitution will include only the clause that MPs are not legally responsible for the results of voting or remarks in parliament and its bodies, except for liability for insult or defamation.
The law will come into force on January 1, 2020.