By George Friedman
Italy’s top court has acquitted a man on corruption charges after he tried to bribe a police officer, according to Italian website Today.it. The man had offered the officer 100 euros to avoid being convicted of drunk driving. The Court of Cassation ruled that a bribe of 100 euros ($108) is too small to be considered corruption. The court also said that since the man who offered the bribe was drunk, he was not of sound mind. According to news website The Local, Italian law says that, for a bribe to be defined as corrupt, “It is necessary for the offer to be made with appropriate seriousness” and it must be shown “that the attempt is able to psychologically unsettle the public official.” Ultimately, the man was convicted of drunk driving, which carries a fine of up to 6,200 euros, as well as a license suspension for a maximum of 12 months and a prison sentence of up to 12 months, depending on the person’s degree of intoxication.
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