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Bribery of MPs needs to be punished extra severely

According to the new draft law, there will be up to three years in prison or a fine for MPs who take advantage of it

According to the brand new draft legislation, MPs who do enterprise by exploiting their place and mandate will resist three years in jail or a effective. photograph

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Anyone who beforehand took benefit of their parliamentary mandate to do enterprise on the facet couldn’t be prosecuted. The visitors gentle factions within the Bundestag now need to change that.

The visitors gentle factions within the Bundestag need to punish bribery and corruption of members of parliament extra severely. According to their very own statements, they’re at the moment discussing a draft legislation that would offer for as much as three years in jail or a effective if parliamentarians do enterprise by exploiting their place and mandate. A corresponding addition to the Criminal Code is deliberate.

So far, this solely offers for penalties if members of parliament obtain cash or different advantages for sure conduct when exercising their mandate, for instance for a speech or particular voting conduct within the Bundestag.

Reaction to masks scandals by former CSU representatives

By tightening the legislation, the SPD, Greens and FDP are reacting primarily to the masks scandals of former CSU members. In the early section of the corona pandemic, they collected hundreds of thousands in commissions for arranging masks offers. They couldn’t be punished for this beneath the present authorized state of affairs. This shall be modified now. The draft legislation for that is obtainable to the dpa in Berlin. “Bild” and “Politico” first reported on it.

“Our citizens must have the trust that MPs are working for the common good and not their own wallets,” stated the parliamentary director of the SPD parliamentary group, Johannes Fechner, in regards to the tightening of the legislation. His FDP colleague Stephan Thomae emphasised: “Anyone who abuses their mandate to enrich themselves must not go unpunished. In the future, this should not only apply to the direct exercise of the mandate, but also when the position as a mandate holder is outside of parliament used for one's own profit.”

The Green Party right-wing politician Canan Bayram spoke of a “bribery paragraph” and added: “When MPs exploit their position to enrich themselves, they damage the population's trust in the integrity of political processes and promote frustration with democracy.”