Malaysian Activist Found Guilty Of Showing ‘No Fire Zone’ Documentary

Malaysian Activist Found Guilty Of Showing ‘No Fire Zone’ Documentary
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Malaysian activist Activist Lena Hendry has been found guilty by the Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur, today of screening a documentary film on the Sri Lankan civil war; ‘No Fire Zone’: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka- that had not been approved by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board.

She has committed the offence at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Jalan Maharajalela on July 3, 2013.

Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris found the Pusat Komas programme manager guilty of censorship charges after the defence failed to prove reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.  He said, the defence failed to cast any reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case against Lena Rasathi Hendry, 32, at the end of its case. The court set March 22 for sentencing and extended her bail.

The court ordered for both parties to file a written submissions by March 1.

Hendry meanwhile said she was disheartened by the decision and said it was done without any proper evidence against her. “I’m very disappointed, I don’t think so there was any proof. The conviction was based on the lawyer’s allegations,” she said adding that her legal team would be filing for an appeal.

The charge, under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 carries a jail term of up to three years or a fine of up to RM30,000 or both, on conviction. Deputy public prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz called eight witnesses during the trial while defence counsel New Sin Yew called three.

 

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