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Proclamation No. 699 Protection of Witnesses and Whistleblowers

[Article] 29. Penalty

1/ Any protected person who:

a) contravenes sub-article (1) (a) of Article 11 of this Proclamation shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment not exceeding ten years. Where, however, in a criminal case, the accused person has been wrongly convicted or has incurred rigorous imprisonment of more than ten years in consequence of the witness’s act, the witness may himself be sentenced to the punishment which he has caused to be wrongfully inflicted;

b) without good cause fails to return the new identification and other related documents in accordance with sub-article (3) of Article 22 of this Proclamation shall be punished with simple imprisonment up to three years or with fine up to Birr 10,000 or with both;

c) refuses to cooperate with the Ministry in accordance with Article 28 of this Proclamation shall be punishable with not less than six months simple imprisonment or with fine not exceeding Birr 10,000 or with both;

d) contravenes sub article (1) (c) of Article 11 of this Proclamation and perform activity that obstructs the protection shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment not less than one year and not exceeding five years or with fine not less than Birr 50,000 and not exceeding Birr 500,000 or with both.

2/ Any person who violates other provisions of this Proclamation shall be punishable in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Criminal Code.

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