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Justice minister against more immunity for deputies

SLOVAK Justice Minister Daniel Lipšic has rejected a proposal to extend the immunity of parliamentary deputies from legal action, daily SME wrote.

A draft revision to the constitution undersigned by New Citizens' Alliance deputy Ján Drgonec would exempt deputies from prosecution for their statements made in parliament in civil court trials.

Lipsic says that Drgonec's proposal is scandalous, as the cabinet has promised to slash the deputy immunity.

In mid January, the parliament passed the bill to the second reading stage. To become a valid law, the draft needs the backing of three-fifths of the 150 deputies.

Deputies could sue citizens for libel but citizens would not be able to sue MPs who damaged them argued the justice minister, a member of the Christian Democratic Movement.

Under current law, Slovak MPs are immune from criminal prosecution.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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