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Penal Code Corruption and bribery of officials (s73(2)) Enforcement agencies: Vanuatu Police and Vanuatu Public Prosecutor Members of Parliament (Powers And Privileges) Act Offer of bribes (to any member or officer of Parliament) (s13) Enforcement agencies: Vanuatu Police, Speaker or Clerk of Parliament and Vanuatu Public Prosecutor

Penal Code Corruption and bribery of officials (s73(2))

  • A person is guilty of an offence if they corruptly give or offer or agree to give any bribe to any person with intent to influence any public officer in respect of any act or omission by him in his official capacity.
  • For the purposes of this section, “bribe” means any money, valuable consideration, office or employment, or any benefit, whether direct or indirect, and the expression “public officer” means any person in the official service of the Republic of Vanuatu (whether that service is honorary or not and whether it is within or outside the Republic of Vanuatu) any member or employee of any local authority or public body and includes every police officer and judicial officer.

Members of Parliament (Powers And Privileges) Act Offer of bribes (to any member or officer of Parliament) (s13) It is an offence to offer to any member or officer of Parliament:

  • any bribe or threat, in order to influence him in his conduct as such member or officer, or
  • any fee, compensation, gift or reward for or in respect of the promotion of or opposition to any draft law or matter submitted to or intended to be submitted to Parliament or a committee thereof.

Penal Code Corruption and bribery of officials (s73(2)) Imprisonment for 10 years.Offer of bribes (to any member or officer of Parliament) (s13) Members of Parliament (Powers And Privileges) Act Offer of bribes (to any member or officer of Parliament) (s13) A fine not exceeding VT150,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or both such fine and imprisonment.


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 Mathieu Hanaut Mathieu Hanaut Partner, Sydney + 61 2 8922 5791 [email protected]
[1] The information in this section is a summary only and does not constitute legal advice concerning the application or effect of the local laws of Vanuatu. This summary has been prepared by Baker & McKenzie in conjunction with information provided by Didier Hamel-Landry of AJC. [2] The Firm does not have an office in Vanuatu. However, Mathieu Hanaut, based in the Firm’s Sydney office, has developed a specific capability advising clients in the Pacific Islands region (including Vanuatu), for which the Firm has been awarded Band 1 in Chambers Asia Pacific 2015. In Vanuatu, Mathieu and his team work closely with their preferred local law firm to provide appropriate local knowledge to the clients and assist their business or projects. [3] This list is to be used as a guide only. It is intended to provide high level information regarding the primary laws in the specified countries in relation to ant-bribery and anti-corruption laws. Please refer to the relevant legislation for detailed information and to ensure that the information contained in this guide is up to date, and refer to the relevant Baker & McKenzie contact for the jurisdiction for specific advice.

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