Corruption bill goes to Parliament .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ANKARA - The increase in the rates of trans-boundary corruption has urged Turkey to prepare a new draft law on anti-corruption, in line with the European Union Acquis.

The new draft law that was submitted to Parliament yesterday foresees amendments to the Turkish Criminal Code, or TCK. According to the draft, bribery committed by Turkish citizens in foreign countries will be removed from a list of crimes that was required to be regulated by Turkish law. Although they are not complicit in a crime, people who sell, hand over, purchase or accept illegally obtained property, will be fined or imprisoned for six months to three years, the draft said.

A new crime category
Within the draft, a new crime category was added to the TCK that enables penalties to be imposed against those who receive or use illegally obtained property.
Those, who convey illegally acquired property abroad, try to conceal the illegal source of this property, or change the nature of the property to give the impression they were acquired through legal means, can be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of between three to seven years and fined up to 20,000 lira.
Aside from the new penalties, the draft aims to prevent money laundering and the use of finances to fund terrorist activities.