Lena Hendry fined RM10,000 for airing documentary


KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights activist Lena Hendry was fined RM10,000 for airing an uncensored documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war in 2013.

Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris meted out the fine after the court had deliberated an appropriate sentence to be imposed on the Pusat Komas programme coordinator.

“After reading the submissions from the defence and prosecution, the court decided to impose a RM10,000 fine on the accused,” he told the packed courtroom.

Lena faces a one-year jail term if she fails to settle the RM10,000 fine.

The court also ordered Lena to settle the fine by today.

Last month, the court found Lena guilty of the charge under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act for showing No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war that lasted for 26 years.

Lena committed the offence at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Chamber of Commmerce Hall here on July 3, 2013.

The court granted her a stay of execution on her jail sentence pending any appeal, however, Lena decided to pay the fine.

She was first acquitted by the same Magistrate on March last year at the end of the prosecution’s case.

However, the High Court overturned the acquittal and order Lena to enter defence for her charge.

Lena was represented by lawyer New Sin Yew and Joshua Tay while deputy public prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz appeared for the prosecution.