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Failure to answer questions or produce documents

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is subject to a requirement under subsection 135B(2); and

                     (b)  the person fails to comply with the requirement.


                     (a)  if the person is a body corporate--150 penalty units; or

                     (b)  if the person is not a body corporate--30 penalty units.

             (2)  A person is not excused from:

                     (a)  answering a question; or

                     (b)  producing a document;

as required under subsection 135B(2) on the ground that the answer, or production of the document, might tend to incriminate the person or expose the person to a penalty.

             (3)  However, in the case of an individual:

                     (a)  the answer, or the document produced; and

                     (b)  giving the answer, or producing the document;

are not admissible in evidence against the individual in any criminal proceedings other than:

                     (c)  proceedings for any offence against subsection (1); or

                     (d)  proceedings for an offence based on the answer or document being false or misleading; or

                     (e)  proceedings for an offence based on the obstruction of public officials.

             (4)  Subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .

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