The immunity from prosecution that Slovak MPs possess is an utter absurdity and needs to be abolished, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Igor Matovič said on September 16, the TASR newswire wrote.
Matovič was speaking after he deliberately parked his car on a zebra crossing in front of a mall at Bratislava's Kamenné Square. He said his stunt was aimed at laying bare the absurdity of MPs' immunity from prosecution.
“An MP can't be a god and possess more rights than the people who have voted for him,” he said.
Matovič's car was parked illegally for half an hour before city police arrived and had the vehicle towed away. However, Matovič paid only for the tow-away but had no sanction for the traffic offence itself.
"I didn't pay any fine for the offence that I parked my car on the pedestrian crossing. The city police told me that they can only give me advice but can't do anything else because I possess parliamentary immunity," Matovič told TASR. Matovič said he had to pay for the tow-away service because immunity from prosecution applies only to people, not things.
“I've pointed to what I'm allowed to do. An ordinary person can't do this ... This isn't normal, and that's why the referendum is being held,” Matovič said about Saturday’s referendum which includes a question about abolishing MPs' immunity from prosecution.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Sep 2010 at 10:00