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Proclamation no. 602-2008 Coffee Quality Control and Marketing

[Article] 15. Penalties

1/ Any coffee processor who fails to comply with the appropriate technical procedures and thereby causes damage to the quality of the coffee or the local community shall have his processing plant closed and be prohibited from transporting his coffee to transaction centers, and unless punishable by greater penalty as per any other relevant law, be penalized by a fine of Birr 20,000 and an imprisonment of not less than one year but not exceeding three years.

2/ Any person engaged in coffee transaction outside transaction centers established by the Ministry or by an appropriate regional body or the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange shall, in addition to confiscation of his coffee, unless punishable with a greater penalty as per any other relevant law, be penalized by a fine of Birr 20,000 and an imprisonment of not less than one year but not exceeding three years.

3/ Any person who, without notifying the appropriate body, stores and tenders for sell coffee outside the authorized time and place, shall, in addition to confiscation of the coffee, unless punishable with a greater penalty as per any other relevant law, be penalized by a fine of Birr 30,000 and in imprisonment of not less than one year but not exceeding three years.

4/ Any person who unlawfully or in an inappropriate manner transports coffee shall, in addition to confiscation of the coffee, unless punishable with a greater penalty as per any other relevant law, be penalized by a fine of Birr 50,000 and an imprisonment of not less than three years but not exceeding five years.

5/ Any person who sells unfrosted coffee or processed roasted coffee that is of export standard in the domestic market shall, in addition to confiscation of the coffee, unless punishable with a greater penalty as per any other relevant law, be penalized by a fine of Birr 50,00 and an imprisonment of not less than three years but not exceeding five years.

6/ Any person who owns a vehicle apprehended transporting illegal coffee, shall, in addition to confiscation of the coffee, unless punishable with a greater penalty as per any other relevant law, be penalized by a fine of Birr 50,000 and an imprisonment of not less than three years but not exceeding five years;

7/ Any person who commits any manipulative act in relation to coffee quality and marketing, shall, unless punishable with a greater penalty as per any other relevant law, be penalized by a fine of Birr 50,000 and an imprisonment of not less than three years but not exceeding five years;

8/ Any person who illegally diverts and transports coffee legally authorized for transportation to the appropriate inspection centers or to the auction centers or to the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange shall, unless punishable with a greater penalty as per any other relevant law, be penalized by a fine of Birr 100,000 and an imprisonment of not less than five years but not exceeding ten years.

  1. Jurisdiction

The Federal First Instance Court shall have jurisdiction on criminal matters provided under Article 15 of this Proclamation.

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