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Entries in Foreign Extortion Prevention Act (3)


When should foreign bribe-takers be prosecuted?

In its advocacy for the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act (FEPA), which seeks to make it a criminal offense for foreign public officials to seek or receive bribes, the U.S. Helsinki Commission contends that the bill would “bring U.S. laws in line with international best practices.” In fact, the proposed legislation constitutes a significant departure from the prevailing U.S. and international approaches.

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No easy solutions to the scourge of demand-side bribery

Imagine your house is on fire. In the front of the house, you have a fire department working tirelessly to put out the fire with water. In the back, someone is spraying your house with gasoline.*

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To plug gap in FCPA, Congress considers ‘Foreign Extortion Prevention Act’

Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeFour members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation Friday that will criminalize extortion by foreign officials, enabling the DOJ to indict the officials for demanding bribes to fulfill, neglect, or violate their official duties. The legislation would plug a gap in the FCPA, under which only bribe payers can be prosecuted.

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