UAE: Anti-corruption Law Amendments Approved

The UAE’s President has issued a Decree-Law amending the country’s 1987 Penal Code (Federal Law No. 3/1987) and Federal Decree-Law No. 24/2018 was published in the Official Gazette on 7 October 2018. Under the changes, the law now covers foreign and domestic bribery in both the public and private sectors and international organisations. Its provisions apply outside the UAE’s territory, to anyone who commits any of the offences set out in the Code, if the criminal or victim is a UAE citizen or if the crime is committed by a public or private sector employee, or if it involves public property. The amendments to Articles 82, 170, 201, 225, 234-237, 257 and 280 have immediate effect and bring the country more into line with other countries.

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