On April 18, 2016, two Chinese judicial authorities released an interpretation that provides further guidance on how criminal cases related to graft and bribery are handled in China effective immediately. The Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate of China jointly released the Interpretation on Graft and Bribery 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) (“Interpretation on Graft and Bribery”). In summary, the Interpretation on Graft and Bribery:
- Raises the monetary threshold and standards for certain bribery prosecutions;
- Expands the definition of a bribe to include "property-like benefits" and expressions of gratitude; and
- Outlines specific circumstances in which a voluntary disclosure can lead to a lighter penalty or non-prosecution.
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