U.S. Prosecutors Can Charge Foreign Officials With Bribery Under New Provision – WSJ

U.S. authorities can now prosecute foreign officials who demand or accept bribes from Americans trying to secure business, new legal firepower granted in the recently signed annual defense legislation.

For the first time, a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act has made it a crime for a foreign official to ask for or take a bribe from an American person, a U.S. company or within a U.S. jurisdiction.

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The provision, known as the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act, broadens the scope and reach of U.S. antibribery laws in a way policy supporters say will fight corruption, which the Biden administration has said is one of its top national security priorities.

Advocates for the law say it complements the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a longstanding U.S. antibribery law that prohibits the paying of bribes to foreign officials to win or keep business. Under FEPA, violators would be fined no more than $250,000 or three times the value of the bribe; imprisoned for no more than 15 years, or both.

Source: U.S. Prosecutors Can Charge Foreign Officials With Bribery Under New Provision – WSJ