Airing SL war documentary HR activist withdraws appeal

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By 2017-12-15

The Malaysian High Court has struck out an appeal by the prosecution against the sentence meted out to human rights activist Lena Hendry for screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war that had not been approved by the censorship board.

Justice Mohd Sofian Abd Razak made the order after Deputy Public Prosecutor Zalina Awang Mamat informed the Court that the prosecution had agreed to withdraw its appeal for a higher sentence against Hendry.

Justice Mohd Sofian also struck out the cross-appeal by Hendry against her conviction and sentence.

He later recorded the withdrawal and struck out the appeals by both parties.
On 22 March, Hendry was fined Malaysian Ringgit 10,000 by Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris after she was found guilty of screening the documentary film, No Fire Zone:

The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, directed by British national Callum Macrae which explores the alleged oppression of Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government, in July, 2013.

Meanwhile, Hendry said, via a message, that she welcomed the prosecution's decision to withdraw the case and thanked everyone who had supported her.

She said that she had decided to withdraw her appeal because there were "bigger battles to be fought outside, without draining my energy in long, drawn-out Court proceedings".

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