the crime of offering bribery

By Wu Wei and Su Shaohua King & Wood’s Dispute Resolution Group

Under China’s anti-bribery laws, the value of bribes in commercial bribery cases is calculated on a cumulative basis in the conviction and sentencing process. However, such calculations may yield varying results in practice. According to our experience, due to a lack of clarity in the law and various policy rationale for fighting corruption, cumulative calculations give rise to risks of criminal liability, whether seen as accepting or offering bribes.

I. Calculation of Value for Bribes Accepted

A. Legislation

a. The second paragraph of Article 383 of the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China(1) ("Criminal Law") provides:" Toward those who have committed repeated crimes of graft, all amounts of graft of unhandled cases are to be added in meting out punishment." Article 386 of Criminal Law provides:" whoever commits the crime of accepting bribes is to be punished on the basis of Article 383 of this law according to the amount of bribes and the circumstances. A heavier punishment shall be given where a bribe was specifically demanded."

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作者:吴巍 苏少华 金杜律师事务所争议解决

对贿赂犯罪定罪量刑时,行贿受贿数额在何种情形下会被累计计算,实务中的做法不统一。在司法实践经验中,由于法律规定不够明确、打击腐败的政策等原因, 无论是受贿还是行贿均存在被累计计算的法律风险。具体分析如下:

一、受贿罪累计计算问题

1、法律规定

(1)《中华人民共和国刑法》(1)(“《刑法》”)第三百八十三条第二款规定:“对多次贪污未经处理的,按照累计贪污数额处罚。”第三百八十六条规定:“对犯受贿罪的,根据受贿所得数额及情节,依照本法第三百八十三条的规定处罚。索贿的从重处罚。”

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