The chief justice of Singapore’s Supreme Court used a recent case to set out new sentencing guidelines for private bribery, especially when it involves services that have a strong nexus to the public welfare.
In PP v Syed Mostofa Romel  SGHC 117 (avaliable here), Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon increased a convicted defendant’s jail term from two months to six months. The defendant was a ship inspector at Singapore’s terminal. He was convicted of soliciting bribes in exchange for lenient ship inspections.
CJ Menon said the government operates differently than it did a hundred years ago. Today there is increased privatization and outsourcing of services. But that doesn’t detract from the fact that public services are still involved, he said.
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