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PRIVILEGES IN RELATION TO EVIDENCE



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PRIVILEGES IN RELATION TO EVIDENCE
15. (1) A person summoned to attend to give evidence or to produce any paper, book, record or other document before the Parliament or a committee shall be entitled, in respect of such evidence or the disclosure of any communication or the production of any such paper, book, record or other document, to the same rights or privileges as he would have in relation thereto before a Court.
(2) Except where in the opinion of the President it would be contrary to the public interest and the President so directs, no person in the employment of the Republic shall refuse -
(a) to produce before the Parliament or a committee any paper, book, record or other document; or
(b) to give evidence before the Parliament or a committee, relating to the correspondence of any department of the Government of the Republic or to any matter affecting the public service; secondary evidence shall not be received, given or produced before the Parliament or a committee of the contents of any such paper, book, record or other document which the President has directed shall not be produced.
(3) An answer by a person to a question put by the Parliament or a committee shall not be admissible in evidence against him in any civil or criminal proceedings except in the case of criminal proceedings for an offence against this Act or of giving false evidence to the Parliament or a committee.



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