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ICE lays down the law on corrupt practices

THE ICE has issued a stark warning on the consequences of corruption by construction professionals after an NCE online poll revealed that over a third of engineers surveyed admit to working on projects that involved corrupt practice.

Last month the NCE500, a group of 500 engineers polled weekly on topical issues, were asked if they had worked on a project involving corruption fi 22% said yes (NCE 24/31 August).

The same question posted on NCE+ last week revealed that some 37% of engineers had worked on such projects.

ICE deputy director general Hugh Ferguson warned civil engineers that the consequences of engaging in corruption were imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

'Under the AntifiTerrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, UKfiregistered companies and UK nationals can be prosecuted in the UK for any act of bribery committed either in the UK or partially or wholly overseas.

'The maximum penalty is an unlimited fi ne and/or seven years in prison. An [(ICE] member found guilty of bribery could expect the severest of penalties from ICE, such as permanent expulsion or, at the very least, suspension from the roll.' Ferguson said that the 'ICE understands well the difficulties facing its members working abroad in cultures where bribery and corruption are endemicfl.

But he pointed out: 'It is important that members understand that bribery is a crime.

The excuse that others are doing it, or it is the only means to do business, can never be accepted.'

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