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Latvian Saeima supports lifting deputies’ immunity in administrative cases

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Wednesday, 11 May, Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee supported in the third and final reading amendments to Latvia’s Constitution that provide for the application of administrative fines on deputies without waiting for the parliament’s permission.

In the second reading, the Legal Affairs Committee supported related amendments to the Saeima Process Order. These amendments exclude regulations regarding the parliament’s permission to allow prosecution of members of the parliament.

To make sure society can learn about deputies’ committed administrative violations, the Legal Affairs Committee has also added conditions to the draft that will govern the process how information about administratively punished deputies is revealed.

It will be done by the Mandates, Ethics and Submissions Committee. Once every session, members of the committee will report information about deputies, as confirmed by Saeima press-service.

Reports will include information about administrative violations committed by deputies, the institution that made the decision to apply administrative punishments on deputies; the type of administrative punishment applied and the date of application of said punishment. When compiling reports on administrative violations, members of the Mandates, Ethics and Submissions Committee have rights to request information from the Penalties Register.

At the moment, the Constitution states that it is not allowed to launch criminal prosecution or apply administrative penalties on deputies without the Saeima’s permission.

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