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(Dec 31, 2012) On September 18, 2012, the Assembly of Albania (the parliament) approved constitutional amendments that provide for automatic lifting of parliamentary immunity from criminal prosecution for legislators, judges, and other high-level government officials in corruption cases. (Press Release, Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE), Head of OSCE Presence Welcomes Restriction of MPs' and Judges' Immunities in Albania (Sept. 18, 2012).) The amendment was recommended by the European Union delegation to
The amendment was also promoted by
The provisions implementing the amendments are to be introduced in the Code of Criminal Procedure. The changes will allow for the investigation and criminal prosecution of members of the legislature, judges, and members of the Council of Ministers (national government) without prior authorization issued by the Assembly as required under current law. (European Commission, Commission Staff Working Document: Albania 2012 Progress Report, at 12 (Oct. 10, 2012), European Commission website.)
As reported by news sources, "the changes will make it easier for prosecutors to investigate officials on corruption charges." (Albania Curbs Immunity for Law Makers and Officials, supra.) Corruption is said to be widespread within the judiciary, where "[p]oor working conditions, a lack of adequate safety arrangements for courts and judges and generally low remuneration, plus the absence of adequate controls and the opaque system of appointments, promotions and transfers, continue to be key risk factors for corruption … ." (European Commission, supra.)
|Author:||Peter Roudik More by this author|
|Topic:||Constitutional law More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Albania More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 12/31/2012