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Penalties

Individuals

What penalties are available to the courts for violations of corruption laws by individuals?

Penalties for bribery include imprisonment and fines of various duration (up to 15 years’ imprisonment) and amounts (equal to the amount of the bribe or Dh5,000 if greater) respectively depending on the exact offence and individual circumstances.

In respect of other corruption laws, the courts may impose sentences of imprisonment and fines for various durations and amounts.

In addition, there are administrative sanctions available to the supervisory authorities in respect of money laundering and the financing of terrorism offences, which include:

  • fines;
  • warnings;
  • sector exclusions;
  • restrictions on board members or owners;
  • suspension of business; and
  • trade licence cancellation.

Companies or organisations

What penalties are available to the courts for violations of corruption laws by companies or organisations?

The penalty available to courts for the violation of corruption laws by companies or organisations is the imposition of fines.

In addition, there are administrative sanctions available to the supervisory authorities in respect of money laundering and the financing of terrorism offences, which include:

  • fines;
  • warnings;
  • sector exclusions;
  • restrictions on board members or owners;
  • suspension of business; and
  • trade licence cancellation.

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