A PROCLAMATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISCLOSURE AND REGISTRATION OF ASSETS PROCLAMATION NO. 668/2010.

PART FOUR MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
20. Whistle-blowing
1/ Any person may file whistle-blowing against an appointee, an elected person, or a public servant for breaching this Proclamation.
2/ A whistle-blowing shall be submitted, in writing, to the commission or the relevant ethics liaison unit and, as much as possible, be accompanied with supporting evidence.
3/ The investigation process and related documents shall be kept confidential until final decision is taken on the whistle-blowing.
4/ If the information obtained through whistle-blowing leads to the confiscation of assets under Article 419(2) of the Criminal Code, the whistle-blower shall be entitled to 25% of the proceeds of the confiscated asset.
21. Assuring Compliance
Any public office or public enterprise shall, to ensure compliance with this Proclamation:
1/ facilitate the timely registration of assets of appointees, elected persons and public servants;
2/ issue and enforce relevant code of ethics.
22. Penalty
1/ Any appointee, elected person or public servant who:
a)fails to disclose his assets for registration in accordance with this Proclamation or intentionally submits incorrect disclosure; or
b)in contravention of this Proclamation, accepts a gift, hospitality or sponsored travel, or fails to disclose any gift, hospitality or sponsored travel he has accepted;
shall be punished in accordance with Article 417 of the Criminal Code.
2/ Any appointee, elected person or public servant who directly or indirectly takes any reprisal measure against a whistle-blower or witness for submitting whistle-blowing or giving witness or is about to submit whistle-blowing or give testimony to the Commission or ethics liaison unit pursuant to Article 20 of this Proclamation shall be punished in accordance with Article 444 of the Criminal Code.
3/ Any appointee, elected person or public servant who, either without disclosing the existence of conflict of interest or acting upon being authorized in accordance with sub-article (2) of Article 16 of this Proclamation, uses his official duty to promote his own or his close relative’s private interest shall be punishable in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Criminal Code.
4/ Any person who maliciously submits unfounded whistle-blowing pursuant to Article 20 of this Proclamation shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding three years or with a fine not exceeding Birr 2,000 or both.

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