Cabinet approves law to limit diplomatic immunity and presidential powers
By Dita Asiedu
At first glance, the headlines of Thursday's papers give readers the impression that what many of them have dreamed of for years had finally come true; that Czech MPs and Senators would be made accountable for their actions. For years, there have been public calls to limit the rights of Czech MPs and Senators, to ensure that they could no longer enjoy more freedom than was considered appropriate:
"There were several attempts in the past to change the immunity. For instance, the immunity of the MPs should only be restricted to political matters. When an MP has a car accident, it should not have anything to do with immunity. Here, the MP or the Senator should be treated as anybody else."
According to Mr Roucek, however, the chances of limiting the immunity of MPs to the degree that many members of the general public have called for, are very slim:
"There would have to be changes in the law, and of course the law is changed by both chambers of Parliament - by the MPs and by the Senators. On many occasions, if some of the Senators or the MPs feel that their power or their positions would be under threat, they object to the changes and that was the case in the past."