85 Authorisation of investigations
85 Authorisation of investigations

(1)     This section applies to the investigation of the commission of a qualifying offence by a person—

(a)     acquitted in proceedings within section 75(1) of the qualifying offence, or

(b)     acquitted elsewhere than in the United Kingdom of an offence the commission of which as alleged would have amounted to or included the commission (in the United Kingdom or elsewhere) of the qualifying offence.

(2)     Subject to section 86, an officer may not do anything within subsection (3) for the purposes of such an investigation unless the Director of Public Prosecutions—

(a)     has certified that in his opinion the acquittal would not be a bar to the trial of the acquitted person in England and Wales for the qualifying offence, or