Turkey’s Erdogan approves bill to lift immunity of deputies

Tue 07 Jun 2016 14:44 GMT | 18:44 Local Time

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The ruling AK Party submitted on April 12 a draft proposal to the speaker's office to lift parliamentary immunity.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday approved the bill to lift immunities of deputies facing charges, shortly after petitions filed by opposition lawmakers were turned down by the Constitutional Court.

After President Erdogan's approval, the decision will be published in the official Gazette and will come into effect immediately. Within the 15 days following the announcement, the dossiers situated in Parliament, the Prime Ministry and the Ministry of Justice will be sent to the assigned prosecution offices.

The ruling AK Party submitted on April 12 a draft proposal to the speaker's office to lift parliamentary immunity.

The proposal amends the constitution with a temporary clause to remove immunity from prosecution from 129 lawmakers in the parliament.

As of May 15, the number of dossiers for the lifting of immunity reached 667, and 138 parliamentary deputies have dossiers drafted against them. A total of 51 dossiers were drafted on CHP deputies, 50 on HDP deputies, 27 on the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), nine on the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and one for the independent deputy Aylin Nazlıaka. A total of 405 dossiers were drafted against deputies from the HDP, 192 from the CHP, 46 from the AK Party, 20 from the MHP and five dossiers against the independent deputy Nazlıaka.
 

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