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Law on Amendments to the Criminal Code adopted on September 13, 2002

On September 13, 2002 the National Assembly adopted the Law on Amendments to the Criminal Code (Promulgated in State Gazette No. 92 of September 27, 2002). The adopted amendments provide for criminalization of bribery in the private sector, trading in influence, passive bribery foreign public officials, bribery of arbitrators and, in some specific cases, bribery of lawyers, broadening of the definition of "foreign public official", restriction of the existing defences concerning the punishment of active bribery, introducing the fine as additional punishment for active bribery, more severe punishments for bribery of judges, court assessors, prosecutors and investigators, and broadening the scope of the definition of bribery by including non-material benefit. 

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