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Answering of questions or producing evidential material

             (1)  If a search warrant in relation to premises is being executed, the executing officer or an officer assisting may:

                     (a)  require a person at the premises to answer questions or produce evidential material to which the warrant relates; and

                     (b)  seize that evidential material.

             (2)  A person commits an offence if the person fails to comply with a requirement under subsection (1).

Penalty:  30 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.

Self-incrimination is no excuse

             (3)  An individual is not excused from answering a question or producing evidential material on the ground that the answer, or the production of the material, might tend to incriminate the individual or make the individual liable to a penalty.

             (4)  However, the answer is not admissible in evidence against the individual in any criminal proceedings, other than:

                     (a)  proceedings for an offence against subsection (2); or

                     (b)  proceedings for an offence against section 137.1, 137.2 or 149.1 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Part.

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