Bribery, i.e., the offer or acceptance of a benefit in exchange for a future (not past) public act violating official duties, is also a criminal offense in Germany when it involves foreign public officials or representatives in the representative body of an international organization.  This includes cases in which a German company bribes foreign members of a local or national government to win tenders or obtain a license to operate its business outside of the legal channels.

The anti-bribery provisions are stricter with respect to granting benefits to foreign judges, including those of international courts.  The mere offer or acceptance of a benefit for a past or future judicial act is a criminal offense, regardless of whether the judicial act violated the official duties of the respective judge or not.

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