On Sept 19, 2013, Human Rights Defender Lena Hendry was charged in the Malaysian courts in connection with the screening of a HR documentary at a human rights event. The offence is under the Film Censorship Act 2002 allegedly because the video was not submitted to and approved by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia. No to pre-censorship of films and videos
Friday, 8 November 2013
Lena not in Malaysia but court fixes 12/11/2013(Tuesday) as the next date
Magistrate Court 6
Magistrate: Ashraf Razal Abdul Manan
Deputy Public Prosecutor: Chean Ooi Ling
Lena's Defence Team: New Sin Yew, Edmund Bon, Joshua Tay
Suhakam(Malaysian Human Rights Commission) - represented by Siti Kasim
* European Union Delegation to Malaysia, Mr Ivan, will be following the case
** The news is that the American Bar Association (ABA)and the Bar Council will also be holding watching brief once the case starts
The Magistrate was on Medical Leave, and case has now been fixed for 12/7/2013(Tuesday)
Ms Lena Hendry will not be available for about 10 days starting from 12th November 2013, and prior notice was given to the Magistrate about this at the last court date.On 7/11/2013, the Magistrate was not around and normally dates would be given by the court staff normally a pre-determined date, sometimes dates that are not suitable for parties.
In a Criminal trial, the accused person on bail MUST attend all court dates, failing which there is the risk that an Arrest Warrant may be issued, and even the Bail revoked and this mean Lena would held in detention.
We hope that the Magistrate will be lenient as Lena Hendry will be overseas and will not be able to attend the court date this coming Tuesday(12/11/2013) more so since she had already long before informed the court that she would not be around on these dates.
Next Date: Tuesday(12/11/2013)
* Note Lena will not be able to attend, and the court will most likely fix NEW dates. [Attendance in solidarity and support may not be needed on this date]
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