The Czech Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment to limit the unusually far-reaching immunity currently enjoyed by its lawmakers.
Legislators in the upper house, the Senate, voted Wednesday 58-6 to support the proposal for immunity to expire for lawmakers once they leave office. The amendment was approved by the lower house last month, and will become law shortly after it is officially published.
Until now, lawmakers have been protected for life from prosecution for offenses allegedly carried out while they were in office, unless Parliament agrees to strip them of their immunity.
The change is popular among the Czech public, but in the past Parliament had repeatedly refused to approve it.
In most European nations, immunity expires once lawmakers leave office. In some countries, they have no immunity at all.