Malaysian guilty of screening ‘No Fire Zone’

Published : 8:09 am  February 22, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (337) reads | 

A Malaysian activist was yesterday found guilty by the Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur of screening the film — No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka — that had not been approved by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board.   

DM_20170222_A001-9Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris 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.   

Lena Hendry who had formerly worked as a coordinator at the Community Communication Centre (Kosmas) was found guilty of screening an uncensored version of a movie titled, No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka.   

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