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CRIMINAL CODE 1899 - SECT 86
Obtaining of or disclosure of secret information about the identity of informant
86 Obtaining of or disclosure of secret information about the identity of
(1) A person who, without lawful justification or excuse, obtains or attempts
to obtain secret information in the possession of a law enforcement agency or
law enforcement officer about the identity of a
criminal organisation informant commits a crime.
penalty—10 years imprisonment.
(2) A person who, without lawful
justification or excuse, publishes or communicates secret information in the
possession of, or obtained from, a law enforcement agency or law enforcement
officer about the identity of a criminal organisation informant commits a
Maximum penalty—10 years imprisonment.
(3) In this
"criminal intelligence" means information relating to actual or suspected
criminal activity (including information the commissioner has obtained through
the police service or from an external agency), whether in the State or
elsewhere, the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to—
prejudice a criminal investigation; or
(b) enable the discovery of the
existence or identity of a confidential source of information relevant to law
(c) endanger a person’s life or physical safety.
"criminal organisation informant" means any of the following—
(a) anyone who
has given, to the police service or an external agency, information that the
commissioner reasonably believes is criminal intelligence about a criminal
organisation or a participant in a criminal organisation, and who is not a
police officer or officer of the external agency;
(b) an authorised officer
who has obtained information in relation to the activities of a criminal
organisation while acting under the
Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 , chapter 12 ;
(c) a police
officer who has obtained information through the use of an assumed identity,
whether or not under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 ,
chapter 12 .
"external agency" means any of the following—
(a) the Crime and Corruption
(b) the Australian Federal Police;
(c) a police force or service
of another State;
(d) the chief executive (corrective services);
officer of another State with powers and functions substantially corresponding
to the powers and functions of the chief executive (corrective services) under
the Corrective Services Act 2006 ;
(f) another entity—
under a law of another jurisdiction, including a jurisdiction outside
(ii) with functions that include investigating or inquiring
into criminal conduct, misconduct or corruption (whether or not the functions
are stated in the law mentioned in subparagraph (i) ); and
(iii) declared by
regulation to be an external agency.
"information" , about the identity of a criminal organisation informant,
includes information that is likely to lead to the identity of the informant
"officer" , of an external agency, includes a person employed by the agency,
seconded to the agency or engaged by the agency under a contract for services.
"secret information" , in the possession of a law enforcement agency or law
enforcement officer, means information it is the duty of the agency or officer
to keep secret.
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