First worker charged under Bribery Act
The new bribery act has claimed its first defendant. A court clerk faces a court case over accusations of an alleged bung. The defendant is accused of accepting a bribe to leave a traffic penalty of the legal database.
He will be charged under the new Bribery Act, which came into force on 1st July 2011. His case goes to court on 14th October 2011 and the prosecuting lawyer has said “I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence to charge Munir Patel with requesting and receiving a bribe on 1 August, intending to improperly perform his functions.”
Under the Bribery Act it is illegal to offer or receive bribes, but the rules include a new offence of failing to prevent bribery, which specifically affects employers. Companies will have to show they had adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery; if they do not, they could be liable to prosecution if an employee gives or receives a bribe.
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