The Ombudsman Commission today referred Hon Ross Seymour MP, Member for Huon Gulf Open to the Public Prosecutor for alleged misconduct in office.
The Commission investigated the alleged misconduct in office by Hon Ross Seymour MP, which arises from breaches of his duties and responsibilities of office as required under Section 27 of the Constitution and Section 4 of the Organic Law and Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership.
As required by Section20(2) of the Organic Law on Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership, the Commission has notified Hon. Ross Seymour, MP of its intention to refer the matter to the Public Prosecutor.
After being satisfied, for the purposes of Section 29(1) of the Constitution and Sections 17(d), 20(4) and 27(1) on the Organic Law on Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership that there is a prima facie case that Hon Ross Seymour. MP, has been guilty of misconduct on office, the Commission decided to refer the member to the Public Prosecutor for his independent deliberations under Section 177(1) (b) of the Constitution.
The referral is in the hands of the Public Prosecutor who has the discretion to bring or decline to bring proceedings under the Leadership Code in accordance with Section177(1)(b) of the Constitution.