Parliament strips MP Culej of immunity

The Croatian parliament on Friday stripped Stevo Culej of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) of his parliamentary immunity by a majority vote and without a debate.

The Municipal Court in Vukovar asked that Culej be stripped of his parliamentary immunity so that criminal proceedings against him, regarding the disturbance of public order and peace, could resume.

The crime was committed in Vukovar in 2013 in connection with protests of Vukovar residents against the setting up of Cyrillic signs on state institutions in that eastern Croatian town.

Culej explained earlier that this was a trial before the court of second instance, following his appeal and that it was in his interest that he be stripped of immunity so that he can respond to accusations levelled against him, namely that he had incited protesters against the Cyrillic script to violence.

"I did not call for hate or destruction of those plaques in Vukovar, my conduct in Vukovar was Gandhian and nothing else," Culej told the press.

Last update: Fri, 19/02/2016 - 16:52
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