—(1) A prosecution for —
must not be instituted except with the consent of the Public Prosecutor.
(2) A person may be charged or arrested, or a warrant for his arrest may be issued and executed, and any such person may be remanded in custody or released on bail, notwithstanding that the consent of the Public Prosecutor has not been obtained, but the case shall not be further prosecuted until that consent has been obtained.
(3) When a person is brought before a court before the Public Prosecutor has consented to the prosecution, the charge shall be explained to him but he shall not be called upon to plead.
(4) The consent of the Public Prosecutor —
need not refer to a particular offence but may be expressed in general terms; and
must as far as practicable specify the place in which and the occasion on which the offence was committed.
(5) No consent shall remain in force unless acted upon within one month from the date on which it was given.