Decision on Lena Hendry’s film censorship trial

UPDATE: Court finds film activist guilty for showing Sri Lanka war documentary without approval [21 Feb 2017]

 

Lena Hendry - Aliran file pic

Lena Hendry – Ghana News file pic

On Sept 19, 2013, human rights defender Lena Hendry was charged in the Malaysian courts in connection with the screening of a Human Rights documentary at a human rights event. Her action is alleged to be offence under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 because the video was not submitted to and approved by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia.

Lena’s trial commenced on 14 December 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court (MCC 6) and had been fixed to continue on 15 December,  6 and 7 January 2016, 11 and 12 February 2016.

On 24 February 2016 she was ordered to enter her defence when trial was to resume on 10 March 2016, but she was subsequently acquitted without needing to submit her defence.

However, now, the persecution against  Lena resumes after the prosecution won an appeal in High Court to overturn the Magistrate’s decision on 21 September 2016, and  and she has been called to give her defence.

Hearing for the resumption of trial recommenced on 24 November 2016, and proceeded further on 9 December 2016, concluding on 14 December 2016.

The verdict will be given on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 at 2.00pm
Venue: Mahkamah Majistret Jenayah 2, 2nd floor (Left wing), Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur.

To follow her ordeal, please visit http://komas.org/indefenceoflenahendry/

 

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MACC Act provision strips accused person’s constitutional right to stay silent, court told

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (right) is alleged to have used his position to obtain gratification by purchasing his house from Phang Li Koon at below the property’s market value on July 28, 2015.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (right) is alleged to have used his position to obtain gratification by purchasing his house from Phang Li Koon at below the property’s market value on July 28, 2015.

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 7 — Defence lawyers for Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his former landlord Phang Li Khoon challenged today a corruption law provision they claimed violates a basic tenet of law in which an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Datuk V Sithambaran representing Phang and Gobind Singh Deo who acted for Lim told the High Court this morning that Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act (MACC) 2009 contravened Articles 5 (1) and 8 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

“The accused has the constitutional right of presumption of innocence and the right to remain silent, but this Section restricts the conduct of the defence even before the case is heard in court,” Sithambaran said in his opening argument.

He argued that the provision confines the accused person’s right to defend himself in court to a mere statement of defence, preventing the submission of additional documents that could support his case even if new evidence emerges during trial.  Read more

Lena Hendry’s film censorship trial continues

Lena Hendry - Aliran file pic

Lena Hendry – Ghana News file pic

On Sept 19, 2013, human rights defender Lena Hendry was charged in the Malaysian courts in connection with the screening of a Human Rights documentary at a human rights event. Her action is alleged to be offence under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 because the video was not submitted to and approved by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia.

Lena’s trial commenced on 14 December 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court (MCC 6) and had been fixed to continue on 15 December,  6 and 7 January 2016, 11 and 12 February 2016.

On 24 February 2016 she was ordered to enter her defence when trial was to resume on 10 March 2016, but she was subsequently acquitted without needing to submit her defence.

However, now, the persecution against  Lena resumes after the prosecution won an appeal in High Court to overturn the Magistrate’s decision on 21 September 2016, and  and she has been called to give her defence.

Hearing for the resumption of trial begins on 24 November at 2.00pm

Subsequent dates are:
Friday, 9 Dec 2016 at 10.00am
Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 at 2.30pm

Venue: Mahkamah Majistret Jenayah 2, 2nd floor (Left wing), Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur.

To follow her ordeal, please visit http://komas.org/indefenceoflenahendry/

 

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Lena Hendry’s film censorship trial continues

Lena Hendry - Aliran file pic

Lena Hendry – Ghana News file pic

On Sept 19, 2013, human rights defender Lena Hendry was charged in the Malaysian courts in connection with the screening of a Human Rights documentary at a human rights event. Her action is alleged to be offence under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 because the video was not submitted to and approved by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia.

Lena’s trial commenced on 14 December 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court (MCC 6) and had been fixed to continue on 15 December,  6 and 7 January 2016, 11 and 12 February 2016.

On 24 February 2016 she was ordered to enter her defence when trial was to resume on 10 March 2016, but she was subsequently acquitted without needing to submit her defence.

However, now, the persecution against  Lena resumes after the prosecution won an appeal in High Court to overturn the Magistrate’s decision on 21 September 2016, and  and she has been called to give her defence.

Hearing for the resumption of trial begins on 24 November at 2.00pm

Subsequent dates are:
Friday, 9 Dec 2016 at 10.00am
Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 at 2.30pm

Venue: Mahkamah Majistret Jenayah 2, 2nd floor (Left wing), Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur.

To follow her ordeal, please visit http://komas.org/indefenceoflenahendry/

 

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Guan Eng’s corruption cases set to start from March 2017

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lim Guan Eng --- The Sun file pix

Lim Guan Eng — The Sun file pix

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 6 ― Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng looks set to undergo a marathon trial next year following his two corruption charges over his RM2.8 million double-storey house on Jalan Pinhorn here.

High Court judge Hadhariah Syed Ismail scheduled today hearing for both cases to start from March 27 to 31, April 10 to 14, April 24 to 28, May 15 to 19, May 29  to June 2, June 13 to 16 and July 17 to 21.

But the prosecution and defence have also been ordered to submit all relevant documents for the case by January 6.

“I want the prosecution and defence to come out with the agreed facts and issues to be tried and get all documentations ready. Please do not waste the courts’ time.

“The prosecution must be ready. We cannot delay anymore. Please be ready by January 6 for case management,” she said. Read more

Lena Hendry’s film censorship trial continues

Lena Hendry - Aliran file pic

Lena Hendry – Ghana News file pic

On Sept 19, 2013, human rights defender Lena Hendry was charged in the Malaysian courts in connection with the screening of a Human Rights documentary at a human rights event. Her action is alleged to be offence under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 because the video was not submitted to and approved by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia.

Lena’s trial commenced on 14 December 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court (MCC 6) and had been fixed to continue on 15 December,  6 and 7 January 2016, 11 and 12 February 2016.

On 24 February 2016 she was ordered to enter her defence when trial was to resume on 10 March 2016, but she was subsequently acquitted without needing to submit her defence.

However, now, the persecution against  Lena resumes after the prosecution won an appeal in High Court to overturn the Magistrate’s decision on 21 September 2016, and  and she has been called to give her defence.

Hearing for the resumption of trial begins on 24 November at 2.00pm

Subsequent dates are:
Friday, 9 Dec 2016 at 10.00am
Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 at 2.30pm

Venue: Mahkamah Majistret Jenayah 2, 2nd floor (Left wing), Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur.

To follow her ordeal, please visit http://komas.org/indefenceoflenahendry/

 

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Lena Hendry’s film censorship trial continues

Lena Hendry - Aliran file pic

Lena Hendry – Ghana News file pic

On Sept 19, 2013, Lena Hendry was charged in the Malaysian courts in connection with the screening of a Human Rights documentary at a human rights event. Her action is alleged to be offence under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 because the video was not submitted to and approved by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia.

Lena’s trial commenced on 14 December 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court (MCC 6) and has been fixed to continue on 15 December,  6 and 7 January 2016, 11 to 12 February 2016.

She was ordered to enter her defence on 24 February 2016 when trial resumes on 10 March 2016.

To follow her ordeal, please visit http://komas.org/indefenceoflenahendry/

Sign the petition to the Prime Minister to free her of the charges : https://www.change.org/p/najib-tun-razak-prime-minister-of-malaysia-haji-mohamed-apandi-bin-haji-ali-attorney-general-of-malaysia-drop-charges-against-malaysian-hr-defender-lena-hendry

 

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Trial starts for Bersih ‘balloon girl’ Bilqis Hijjas [Updated]

Bilqis was charged with 'insulting behaviour' against the prime minister and his wife by dropping seven balloons printed with the words “Free media”, “Democracy” and “Justice” from the top floor of a popular mall in the capital city last August. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Bilqis Hijjas. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Dancer Bilqis Hijjas, charged with ‘insulting behaviour’ against the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor by dropping on them seven yellow balloons from the top floor of a popular mall in the capital city in August 2015, must stand trial at the Magistrates Court.

This follows the public prosecutor’s rejection of her application to drop the charge on 28 January 2016.

Her defence team received verbal confirmation of the rejection to drop the charge under Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 from the Attorney-General’s Chambers from deputy public prosecutor Joy Jothi Nadrasan.

The said yellow balloons were printed with the words “Free media”, “Democracy” and “Justice”.

 

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[1] ‘Balloon girl’ probed for handing out Bersih balloons [31 Aug 2015]
[2] Bersih ‘balloon girl’ to be charged tomorrow [22 Sep 2015]
[3] Consider dropping charge against Bersih ‘balloon girl’, Malaysian Bar urges AG [23 Sep 2015]
[4] Bersih 4 balloon girl pleads not guilty to ‘insulting behaviour’ (VIDEO) [23 Sep 2015]
[5] ‘Seolah-olah kuasa boleh diancam dengan belon’ – Bilqis Hijjas [23 Sep 2015]
[6] Trial starts for Bersih ‘balloon girl’ after prosecutor refuses to drop charge [28 Jan 2016]

Updates

[7] Although harmless, yellow balloons still disturbed PM gig, witness tells court [26 Apr 2016]
[8] In balloon girl trial, witness says had orders to avoid Bersih commotion [26 Apr 2016]
[9] ‘Something could go wrong’, mall security says after witnessing yellow balloons at PM gig [27 Apr 2016]
[10] Pavilion security: PM’s event ran smoothly because we acted fast on yellow balloons [5 May 2016]
[11] Organiser ‘angry’ at yellow balloons’ hijack of art fest graced by PM [13 May 2016]
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12] Outcome of trial: Dancer walks free after court rules yellow balloons at PM event ‘not insulting’ [1 Jul 2016]

 

Lena Hendry’s film censorship trial continues

Lena Hendry - Aliran file pic

Lena Hendry – Ghana News file pic

On Sept 19, 2013, Lena Hendry was charged in the Malaysian courts in connection with the screening of a Human Rights documentary at a human rights event. Her action is alleged to be offence under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 because the video was not submitted to and approved by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia.

Lena’s trial commenced on 14 December 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court (MCC 6) and has been fixed to continue on 15 December,  6 and 7 January 2016, 11 to 12 February 2016.

To follow her ordeal, please visit http://komas.org/indefenceoflenahendry/

Sign the petition to the Prime Minister to free her of the charges : https://www.change.org/p/najib-tun-razak-prime-minister-of-malaysia-haji-mohamed-apandi-bin-haji-ali-attorney-general-of-malaysia-drop-charges-against-malaysian-hr-defender-lena-hendry

 

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Lena Hendry’s film censorship trial continues

Lena Hendry - Aliran file pic

Lena Hendry – Ghana News file pic

On Sept 19, 2013, Lena Hendry was charged in the Malaysian courts in connection with the screening of a Human Rights documentary at a human rights event. Her action is alleged to be offence under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 because the video was not submitted to and approved by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia.

Lena’s trial commenced on 14 December 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court (MCC 6) and has been fixed to continue on 15 December,  6 and 7 January 2016, 11 to 12 February 2016.

To follow her ordeal, please visit http://komas.org/indefenceoflenahendry/

Sign the petition to the Prime Minister to free her of the charges : https://www.change.org/p/najib-tun-razak-prime-minister-of-malaysia-haji-mohamed-apandi-bin-haji-ali-attorney-general-of-malaysia-drop-charges-against-malaysian-hr-defender-lena-hendry

 

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