published: 31.10.2013, 12:25 | updated: 31.10.2013 13:00:39
Prague - Three former deputies for the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) who face corruption charges cannot be prosecuted over what they did outside the Czech Chamber of Deputies until they gave up their parliamentary mandate in November 2012, the Supreme Court (NS) ruled today.
According to the indictment, the three deputies for the ODS, Marek Snajdr, Petr Tluchor and Ivan Fuksa, were bribed into giving up their mandates in the Chamber of Deputies by being given lucrative posts in state-owned companies.
The three deputies had been against the key legislation with which then government of Petr Necas (ODS) linked its future last year.
The NS upheld its July decision that they were covered by parliamentary immunity until the moment they gave up the mandate, NS spokesman Petr Knoetig said.
They can only be prosecuted for what they have done since November 7, 2012, he added.
With its ruling, the NS has turned down the proposal by state attorney Ivo Istvan who wanted to continue with the criminal proceedings with the three deputies.
The case contributed to the fall of the Necas government in June.
On the other hand, the NS ruled that Necas could be prosecuted also for the criminal acts he might have committed before the August dissolution of the Chamber of Deputies.
Necas was only protected by the immunity for the speeches in the Chamber of Deputies, Knoetig said.
Istvan is of the view that Necas is guilty of bribery.
"At present, Necas is not protected by the immunity and as he is not exempted from the powers of law-enforcement bodies, he may be criminally prosecuted," Knoetig said.
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