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Slovak lawmakers give up immunity from prosecution

Slovak lawmakers give up immunity from prosecution

Slovakia's lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to deprive themselves of immunity from criminal prosecution.
The 150-seat Parliament voted 144-0 on Thursday to amend the Constitution to strip themselves and their successors of immunity from prosecution in cases where they might be suspected of crimes. Six lawmakers were absent from the voting.
Such immunity has long been unpopular but public calls to eliminate it grew in past months following revelations of a financial scandal. A file known as "Gorilla" appeared on the Internet in December suggesting that a financial group had bribed government and opposition politicians in 2005-06 to win lucrative privatization deals.
The new rules on immunity go into force on Sept. 1. Though lawmakers lose immunity from prosecution, parliamentary approval will still be needed for police to arrest a legislator.


Updated : 2021-10-17 16:53 GMT+08:00