China issues new anti-bribery guidelines in crackdown on corruption Michael Sung at 7:56 AM ET
[JURIST] The Chinese Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate [official websites] jointly published new rules [text, in Chinese] Sunday which broaden the definition of bribery to encompass arrangements where officials do not personally receive money, gifts, or favors and close legal loopholes where family members and other third parties receive the bribe on behalf of government officials. The new regulations will allow authorities to prosecute government officials who either purchase property or services at prices "obviously below" market price or sell property or services at levels "obviously above" market prices in exchange for favors. The rules will also treat instances where government officials enter into a false business "partnership" to receive financial gain without putting forward investments as corruption, and will not differentiate between bribes received prior or after an official has left office, but instead focus on whether illegal benefits were exchanged to influence officials.
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