The Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, China’s two main judicial agencies, released a joint judicial interpretation on bribery, corruption, and misappropriation of official funds on 18 April 2016. The interpretation, formally titled “Interpretation of Several Issues Concerning the Application of Law in Handling Criminal Cases Related to Graft and Bribery” (关于办理贪污贿赂刑事案件适用法律若干问题的解释), released with immediate effect. The highlights of the new interpretation are:
- Expanding the definition of bribes to include certain intangible benefits;
- Clarifying that bribes given after benefits are received, are indeed bribes;
- Establishing monetary thresholds and standards for bribery prosecutions, including raising the thresholds for bribes involving government officials and non-government officials; and
- Providing additional details on the requirements and benefits of voluntary disclosure.
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