DUSHANBE, January 12, 2016, Asia-Plus – The Government of Tajikistan has prepared amendments to some article of Tajikistan’s Penal Code relating to giving and taking a bribe, a source in the government told Asia-Plus in an interview. 

“Under these amendments, persons convicted of a bribery offense can be released after paying a fine,” the source said, noting that the size of a fine will be set by a court depending on gravity of an offence.

According to him, the draft amendments have already been sent for consideration to the parliament’s lower house (Majlisi Namoyandagon).

Meanwhile, the current Penal Code provides for imprisonment ranging from five to twelve years for bribery offense.