Lawyers Think Changing the Criminal Law Might Criminalize Almost Everybody

The supreme lawyer council released its official statement concerning the government's attempts at changing key texts in the Criminal Law. According to the council, these changes will practically turn everybody who owes something under a contract into a criminal.

The Ministry of Justice claims that the changes aim to fight corruption in the private sector by criminalizing trade in influence. The idea is to make the Law clearer in terms of some definitions such as: what constitutes malfeasance in the office; who counts as a company official and who can take the responsibility for certain violations. The proposed text also foresees a penalty for anyone who doesn't deliver their end of a deal on time or who exceeds certain rights/competences. 

Lawyers claim that currently, deriving illegal benefit for oneself or for a third party constitues malfeasance, however, the newest version of the Law will totally remove this norm. Experts in the field fear that even a delayed payment might be criminalized and subject to penalty. Minor violations will eventually constitute a crime and increase the administrative burden - something the current government set out to destroy. 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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