In Spain, bribery is regulated in the Spanish Criminal Code (SCC). The SCC prohibits the payment and receipt (including the promise or offer) of bribes, both to public officials or authorities and to private entities or individuals in commercial transactions. The SCC also regulates other offences related to corruption (including influence peddling, embezzlement and illegal political financing). These cases are investigated by specialist law enforcement bodies created for this purpose.
In the past few years, Spain has seen some of the biggest corruption cases in its recent history. These have involved several politicians and businessmen and have shaken its political system. This has led to unprecedented decisions by the Spanish courts, including the conviction of a political party for profiting from corruption, as well as a vote of no confidence in the former Prime Minister.
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