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44.—(1) The IPCC may suspend any investigation or other procedure under these Regulations which would, if it were to continue, prejudice any criminal proceedings.
(2) A relevant appropriate authority may, subject to paragraph (3), suspend any investigation or other procedure under these Regulations which would, if it were to continue, prejudice any criminal investigation or proceedings.
(3) The IPCC may direct that any investigation or other procedure under these Regulations which is liable to be suspended under paragraph (2) shall continue if it is of the view that it is in the public interest to make such a direction.
(4) The IPCC shall consult the relevant appropriate authority before making such a direction.
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