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Penalties

Individuals

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

An individual may face the following penalties under the Penal Law 1977:

  • Bribery accepted by a public servant pursuant to Section 290, or by an intermediary pursuant to Section 295, is punishable by 10 years’ imprisonment or a fine of the higher of:
    • NIS1,130,000 (approximately $320,000); or
    • four times the value of the benefit obtained by acceptance of the bribe.
  • Bribery given to a public servant pursuant to Section 291 or to a foreign public official pursuant to Section 291A is punishable by seven years’ imprisonment or a fine of the higher of:
    • NIS1,130,000; or
    • four times the value of the benefit obtained by providing the bribe.
  • Bribery accepted by an intermediary which exerts significant influence over the election of a candidate pursuant to Section 295(b1) is punishable by three years’ imprisonment. Where the bribe was taken in order to influence the candidate to discriminate or act with favouritism, the punishment is 10 years’ imprisonment or a fine of the higher of:
    • NIS1,130,000; or
    • four times the value of the benefit obtained by acceptance of the bribe.
  • Bribery given by a person to an intermediary which exerts significant influence over the election of a candidate pursuant to Section 295(b1) is punishable by 10 years’ imprisonment or a fine of the higher of:
    • NIS 1,130,000; or
    • four times the value of the benefit obtained by providing the bribe.

In addition, Section 297 mandates that if an individual or legal person is convicted pursuant to any of Sections 290 to 296, the court may further:

  • confiscate what was given as a bribe and anything that came in its place; and
  • cause the individual or legal person that provided the bribe to pay the state treasury the value of the benefit derived from the bribe.

Further, each of the above bribery offences would constitute a predicate offence under Sections 2 and 3 of the Prohibition on Money Laundering Law 2000, which mandates the following penalties:

  • ten years’ imprisonment or a NIS4,520,000 fine in the case of money laundering; or
  • seven years’ imprisonment or a NIS2,260,000 fine in the case of performance of a prohibited transaction with property under the anti-money laundering rules.

Companies or organisations

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

Similar fines as those applicable to individuals may be imposed on corporate bodies. However, where a fine is imposed on a company, it will be in the amount of NIS2,260,000. 

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