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Offences relating to inspections under Part 2-7

             (1)  A person shall not refuse or fail:

                     (a)  to attend before a person;

                     (b)  to furnish information; or

                     (c)  to answer a question;

when required under section 87 to do so.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 6 months.

             (2)  A person shall not:

                     (a)  intentionally obstruct, hinder or resist a person in connection with the performance or exercise of the Ombudsman's functions or powers under Part 2-7; or

                     (b)  give to an inspecting officer, in connection with an inspection under Part 2-7, information or a statement that the first-mentioned person knows to be false or misleading in a material particular.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 6 months.

             (3)  Subsection (1) and paragraph (2)(a) do not apply if the person first mentioned in subsection (1) or (2) has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).


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