Bribe is deemed one of the serious offences in Qatar, accepting and offering bribe is punishable under Qatar law, parties involved in bribes are fined and jailed.
The act of taking or receiving something with the intention of influencing the recipient in some way favorable to the party providing the bribe.
Bribery is typically considered illegal and can be punishable by jail time or stiff fines if authorities find out about the bribe.
1. Qatar law holds imprisonment for a term up to 7 years and fine thousand Qatar Riyals (15.000QR) to public officer who accepts bribe or benefit for accomplishing any activity.
Bribery is a specific offence which concerns the practice of offering something, usually money, to gain an illicit advantage and corruption is an abuse of a position of trust in order to gain an undue advantage.
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Article 142 states:
The penalty of imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years and a fine not exceeding fifteen thousand Qatar Riyals (15.000QR) shall apply to any public officer who accepts money or benefit from a person for whom he does or abstains from doing an activity of the said office, or who after the accomplishment of the said activity or not so doing, seeks to obtain a reward for his activity or not so doing despite there being no previous agreement.
2. Any person who offers bribe to a public officer shall be booked for a term up to 5 years and fine of 15,000 QR.
Article 145 states
The penalty of imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years and a fine not exceeding fifteen thousand Qatari Riyals (15.000QR) shall apply to any person who offers a bribe to a public officer as declined.
3. Anyone involved in mediating a bribe can be imprisonment for term up to 3 years and with a fine of QR 15,000.
The penalty of imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding fifteen thousand Qatar Riyals (15.000QR) shall apply to:
1- Any person who receives money or a benefit pretending that it is bribery for an officer, while he intends to keep it or part of it for himself.
2- Any person who receives money or profit while knowing its purpose even if the officer intended to receive the bribery did not appoint him or did not know about him, provided that he is not an intermediary in the bribery.
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4. 3 years jail and QR 15,000 fine for anyone involved in malpractices in any institution.
Any employee who asks, for his benefit or for that of another party, for money or a benefit or a promise of something in return without the knowledge of his employer and his consent, to undertake any of the duties assigned to him or abstain from so doing, shall be considered a receiver of a bribe and shall be liable on conviction to a penalty of imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding fifteen thousand Qatari Riyals (15.000QR) or either of the two penalties.