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MPs' immunity to be debated again

A LAW to abolish the immunity of MPs for misdemeanour offences will be debated in parliament at its regular session in May, Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík said, as reported by the SITA newswire.

A LAW to abolish the immunity of MPs for misdemeanour offences will be debated in parliament at its regular session in May, Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík said, as reported by the SITA newswire.

Such a change, in contrast with abolishing the immunity of MPs for criminal offences, does not require a change in the constitution and hence a three-fifths vote of all MPs.

The most recent attempt to limit MPs’ immunity was advanced by Prime Minister Iveta Radičová in autumn 2010. It would have limited MPs’ immunity only to votes and statements made in parliament and judges’ immunity only to decision-making while in court.

The measure failed after only 75 MPs voted in favour of the constitutional amendment.


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