The bill was introduced to the Ukrainian Parliament by the President Petro Poroshenko. The document provides eliminating from the constitution of the article that guarantees parliamentary immunity. At the same time, the provision stating that a judge cannot be arrested before conviction will be repealed.
The document will be sent to the Supreme Court, which will determine its compliance with the constitution of Ukraine.
Immediately after the approval of the bill, Rada allowed to arrest the judge Rodion Kireyev, who handled the case of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
The criminal case against Kireyev was opened on April 4, 2014. According to investigators, he unlawfully changed Tymoshenko pre-trial restriction from recognizance not to leave to on his own recognizance to incarceration. The penalty for such offense is up to eight years in prison. In July, he was put on the wanted list. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
Yulia Tymoshenko was convicted of abuse of power in 2011. The charges leveled against Tymoshenko were related to gas agreements concluded with Russia in the period when she served as the chairman of the government. She never admitted her fault.
Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison. She was supposed to serve her time in penal colony, but due to spinal issues she has been in a Kharkov hospital from 2012.