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Ethiopian jailed in China’s first khat smuggling case

china-300x165An Ethiopian was sentenced to seven months in jail for trafficking khat to China, marking the first such case in the country, which classed the plant as an illegal drug this year.The verdict was handed down earlier this month by the Intermediate People’s Court of Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province.
The defendant, Ibrahim Abdulsemed Abdosh, was also fined 30,000 yuan (about 4,878 U.S. dollars), the judge in the case, Liu Yun, told Xinhua Tuesday.
Chinese customs officers at the Hangzhou International Airport found0.63 kilograms of khat carried by the man, who had flown there from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on January 13, Liu said.
She said the man was aware of China’s ban on khat, a leafy plant chewed as a stimulant, but attempted to escape the immigration inspection. The plant is widely consumed in Africa but uncommon in China, she said.
The World Health Organization has listed khat as a drug of abuse that can create psychological dependence.


  1. President Muktar Kedir is determined to become financially stable overnight by exporting Khat all over the world through his own corrupt ring.
    After Alemyehu Atomsa died Muktar Kedir got a blank check to do whatever he desires without noone to answer to.
    President Muktar Kedir is turning food farms into Khat farms all over Oromia . The federal government is saying we will beg food from developed nations to feed Oromos so Oromia President Muktar Kedir’s partners engage in Khat cultivation. The truth is Farmers and their poor employees are being given a death sentence because farmers and employees that got evicted from their lands are being sent to concentration camps charged with unwriten crime of simply being homeless.reports from Adama , Addis Ababa, Ambo and other towns that the number of Oromo who have been arrested and sent to concentration camps now exceeds 40,000. The Oromos have been rounded up following the recent riots where TPLF-controlled banks and stores were set on fire because TPLF evicted farmers and their employees from the farms all over Adama.
    To cover up the campaign of suppression against the Oromo that is going on in Oromia earlier this month the federal government fired from state media 20 Oromo journalists who are suspected of leaking information to websites and social media.
    Muktar Kedir sending the Oromos to Afar region and other remote and extremely inhospitable areas of Ethiopia claiming that they are commiting a crime of being homeless after muktar Kedir evicted them from their farms.. Even if they are homeless, it is not necessary to send them to areas of the country that are known for their extreme weather conditions.

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