A person may admit an offence and offer to provide information that will aid in the arrest and prosecution of other persons for corruption or corruption-related offences.

An offer acceptable to the Special Prosecutor serves to prevent the imposition of a custodial sentence on the accused or a person under investigation, except in cases where the individual defaults on their obligations under the plea bargain agreement.

The Special Prosecutor considers the following factors on a plea bargain:

  •  the history of the person with respect to criminal activity
  •  the level of cooperation of the person and his/her willingness to cooperate
  •  the likelihood of obtaining a conviction if the case proceeds to trial
  •  the probable effect on witnesses of a trial
  •  the public interest in having the case tried rather than disposed of by a plea bargain
  •  the need to avoid delay in the disposition of other pending cases