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Key changes

The pe­nal code now cov­ers for­eign as well as do­mes­tic bribery in both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, as well as in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions.


It ex­tends out­side the UAE ter­ri­tory to any per­son who com­mits any of the bribery of­fences set out in the Pe­nal Code, if the crim­i­nal or vic­tim is a UAE ci­ti­zen or if the crime is com­mit­ted by an em­ployee of the pub­lic or pri­vate sec­tor of the UAE or if it in­volves pub­lic prop­erty. Un­der the changes, Ar­ti­cle 82 of the Pe­nal Code now reads: “The court may, upon is­su­ing a con­vic­tion for a crime or mis­de­meanour, con­fis­cate the things and money seized as a re­sult of the crime, or which have been used or in­tended to be used in the crime, with­out prej­u­dice to the rights of bona fide third par­ties.”

Ar­ti­cle 225 says a term of im­pris­on­ment shall be handed down on any pub­lic of­fi­cial who has ob­tained or at­tempted to il­le­gally ob­tain, for him­self or for an­other per­son, prof­its or ben­e­fits from any of his du­ties.

Ar­ti­cle 234 stip­u­lates a prison term for any pub­lic of­fi­cial or per­son as­signed to a pub­lic ser­vice, or a for­eign pub­lic of­fi­cial or of­fi­cial of an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion who de­mands or ac­cepts a bribe.

A prison term not ex­ceed­ing five years shall be handed down to who­ever of­fers a pub­lic ser­vant, or a for­eign pub­lic of­fi­cial or of­fi­cial of an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion, a gift or ad­van­tage of any kind or prom­ise of any such things, in re­turn for do­ing or re­frain­ing from do­ing any act in breach of his du­ties.

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