Pay Off Officials, Risk Prison Stint, New Law Says

The government has brought into force a new law that makes all illegal payments to officials punishable by up to 15 years in jail for those who accept such payments and up to 10 years for those who make payments. Im Oudom, a member of the Secretariat of the Council of Jurists within the Council of Ministers, said that King Norodom Sihamoni signed an amendment on Aug 1 that brought the entirety of the Anti-Corruption Law, as well as all other legal articles on corruption, into full effect under the new Penal Code…Investors and legal experts, however, said that despite the tough stance adopted by the government vis-a-vis corruption, implementing the new law would prove very difficult.