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Court employee faces first prosecution under Bribery Act

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that Munir Yakub Patel should be prosecuted under the Bribery Act 2010 in relation to allegations of misconduct during his employment. He is the first person to be prosecuted under the new Act.

Munir Patel, an administrative clerk at at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court, Ilford, faces a charge under S.2 of the Act for requesting and receiving a bribe intending to improperly perform his functions. It is alleged that Patel promised an individual summonsed for a motoring offence that he could influence the course of criminal proceedings in exchange for £500. The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. The maximum sentence for this offence is 10 years imprisonment.

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