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Lifting of immunity

If the petition contains charges against the President, Vice Presidents, government ministers, diplomats, auditors-general and deputy auditorsgeneral of the Republic, justices of the Supreme Court of Justice or any other official who enjoys immunity, the Tribunal shall confine itself to assessing the admissibility of the petition and to order the Elections Inspectorate to carry out a preliminary investigation, if it deems this necessary.

If the submitted petition cannot be rejected entirely or if the matter cannot be closed, the Tribunal shall send it to the Legislative Assembly for the execution of the constitutionally stipulated process for the lifting of immunity.

If the holders of the immunity waive it in order to voluntarily subject themselves to the procedure, the Tribunal shall take the appropriate action.