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Peru President: Judiciary should be in charge of lifting legislators' immunity

13:29 | Lima, May. 3.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Friday affirmed it is necessary for the Judicial Branch to be in charge of lifting parliamentary immunity of the Congress members, who break the law, in order to prevent delays.

He also urged Parliament to debate the bill submitted by the Executive Branch, which proposes the political reform.

According to the Head of State, said bill is one of the most important political-related proposals submitted by his administration to Congress.

In this sense, he noted the Executive's proposal on the matter seeks to speed up the process aimed at lifting parliamentary immunity once a legislator has broken the law.

Concerning the arrest warrant against ex-legislator Edwin Donayre, the statesman hopes the law is complied with, since Congress decided to lift his immunity. 

On Thursday, Parliament approved the removal of Donayre from Congress and authorized his detention so he can serve a 5-year sentence ordered by the Judiciary for having stolen fuel from a military unit in Tacna region, while he served as its head in 2006.


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Published: 5/3/2019
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