WITNESSES (PUBLIC ENQUIRIES) PROTECTION ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Obstruction or intimidation of witnesses

   4   Costs and compensation

   5   Savings

 

THE WITNESSES (PUBLIC ENQUIRIES) PROTECTION ACT

[Date of Commencement: 5th March, 1964]

Act l of 1964.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Witnesses (Public Enquiries) Protection Act.

2   Interpretation

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   In this Act "enquiry" means any proceedings-

   (a)   in the Senate, or the House of Representatives, or a joint committee of both Houses of Parliament, or a committee of either House; or

   (b)   before any Commission appointed under the Commissions of Enquiry Act; or

   (c)   before any statutory body or authority having power to summon and examine witnesses, whether the evidence in such proceedings is or is not given on oath, but shall not include any proceedings before any Court.

3   Obstruction or intimidation of witnesses

   (1) Every person who threatens or in any way punishes, injures, or causes any damage to, any other person-

   (a)   for having given evidence in any enquiry; or

   (b)   on account of the evidence which such other person has given in any enquiry,

shall, except where such evidence was given in bad faith, be guilty of an offence and be liable upon summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate to a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars and in default of payment thereof to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not exceeding six months.

   (2) Every person who dissuades, intimidates, prevents, or tries to dissuade, intimidate, or prevent, any other person who has been summoned to give evidence in any enquiry from giving such evidence, shall be guilty of an offence and be liable upon summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate to a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars and in default of payment thereof to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not exceeding six months.

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