Monday, 25, January, 2021

The Criminal Code of Uzbekistan could be supplemented with an article on illicit enrichment of an official. This was discussed at the second meeting of the National Anti-Corruption Council on November 21, the Anti-Corruption Agency said.

It was noted at the event that the prevention is probably the most effective way to fight against corruption-related crimes. Therefore, the Anti-Corruption Agency, together with other staekholders, has developed and submitted for discussion the draft Anti-Corruption Agency Bill of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Declaration of Income, Asset and Conflict of interests of Civil Servants Bill and Anti-Corruption Expert Check of Legal Acts and Their Drafts Bill.

In addition, the draft Road map was discussed for the further implementation of international anti-corruption standards in the Uzbekistan legislation. Within the framework of the draft, a preliminary list of areas and positions of civil servants most susceptible to corruption has been compiled, and criminal liability for bribing foreign officials and representatives of international organizations has been defined.

The document also provides for the development of a draft regulation for whistleblowing of corruption-related crimes and their study.

In addition, it was proposed to create an open database to ensure transparency in the use of loans and financial assistance provided by international organizations.

Pursuant to article 20 (illicit enrichment) of the UN Convention against Corruption, subject to its constitution and the fundamental principles of its legal system, each State party shall consider adopting such legislative and other measures as may be necessary to establish as a criminal offense when committed deliberately, illegal enrichment, that is, a significant increase in the assets of a public official in excess of his legal income, which he cannot reasonably justify.

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