Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Details of rule of law

What is parliamentary immunity? Who is covered by it? Why?

Russian lawmaker detained in parliament for 2010 murders
A Russian lawmaker has been arrested on murder charges while inside Russia's upper house of parliament on Wednesday, state media report.

Rauf Arashukov is accused of being involved in the 2010 killing of two people and other crimes, said the Investigative Committee of Russia.

The senator for the North Caucasus republic of Karachay-Cherkessia was detained in a parliamentary session.

He has previously denied the accusations against him.

His parliamentary immunity has now been revoked, Ria Novosti news agency reports.

He was arrested while in a parliamentary chamber as it was feared he would try to flee, a source told the state news agency.

Investigators believe the 32-year-old senator is involved in two contract killings in Cherkessk, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Karachay-Cherkessia.

Aslan Zhukov, the leader of the youth movement Adyge-Khase, was shot dead in March 2010.

Two months later, Fral Shebkhuzov, an adviser to Karachay-Cherkessia's president, was beaten and shot dead…

The lawmaker, who became a senator in 2016, is also accused of "document fraud that allowed him to become a senator", Russia media reports say.

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