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12.07.2012
source: www.unian.ua

Constitutional Court: President and judges remain untouchable

   

The Constitutional Court has prohibited parliament from introducing amendments to the Constitution which would remove immunity from the President and judges. The Court was handing down its judgement regarding a draft law tabled by the opposition on 20 June. This proposes abolition of immunity for deputies, the President and judges.

The Constitutional Court agreed that parliament could remove immunity from National Deputies [MPs], but not from the President and judges. The judgement states that a judgement on this matter was already issued on 1 April 2010 (see the first link below).

With regard to removal of judges’ immunity, the Court stated that “the revoking of such guarantees of the justice system as immunity for judges could lead to restriction of the right to court defence guaranteed by Article 55 of the Constitution.”

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