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Penalties Bribery Foreign Official

Under the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act, the offence of bribing a public official can attract a penalty as follows:

  1. A maximum penalty of prison for up to 10 years
  2. A fine of up to $1M
  3. the company a person works for could be fined
    1. up to $11M
    2. 3 times the value of the benefit,
    3. 10 percent of the company’s turnover in a period of 12 months. The time is measured from 12 months before the offence was committed

The Prosecution does not have to prove that any business or business advantage was obtained or retained from the issue of the alleged bribe. Nor is it a defence that the local custom demanded a bribe.

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