THE government has proposed strict penalties for public corruption.
Officials could be hit with a 12 year prison sentence, if they are convicted of embezzling more than €250,000.
A sentence of two to eight years in jail, for those who steal more than €50,000 and up to one year for any party official who fails to adopt measures to control party financing.
The bill also calls for heavier sentences for people convicted of public disorder, including those who incite violence or organise demonstrations via the internet.
Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón said that the changes will help improve people’s confidence in the legal system.