First Bribery Conviction in UK: London Court Clerk Sentenced to 6 Years
The British court, for the first time in the history of the country, passed a sentence for bribery. According to Reuters , the 22-year-old law clerk Munir Patel was sentenced to six years in prison.
Patel was charged with taking bribes, as well as misconduct. While working at the court in London for 500 pounds, he has agreed not to put speeding violations into judicial database. As investigation
established, a total of 53 speeding violations were not reported in the database during the times when Munir Patel was working in the court. The defendant pleaded guilty for bribery. He received three years for bribery and six years for misconduct. The court decided to sentence him for a total of 6 years.
The law on bribery (Bribery Act) began operating in the UK in July 2011. Prior to that article, “bribery” in the legal practice of the country did not exist, and these cases were dealt with within the framework of anti-corruption legislation.