Persecution of Human Rights Defender Lena Hendry continues – Appeal to be heard in court tomorrow 21 September 2016

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After failing to charge Lena Hendry, KOMAS staff and activist, under the Film Censorship Act (2002) in the Magistrate Court, the prosecution is now appealing the case in the High Court.

The hearing will be on 21st September 2016, 2 pm, Criminal High Court 4, Jalan Duta.

We call upon you to show your support to Lena Hendry by your presence in court tomorrow or by releasing statements of support to her.

Lena Hendry, was charged in 2013 under Section 6, of the Film Censorship Act 2002 for screening a film on alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both the Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the end of the armed conflict in 2009 entitled ‘No Fire Zone: the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka.’

Lena was acquitted of the charges after being in court for three years without calling for defense as the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case in Magistrate Court in March 2016.

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However, prosecution has now appealed the case in high court hoping to overturn her acquittal.

We hope that the High Court will reaffirm the decision passed by the Magistrate court on Lena Hendry’s case and give the clear message for government to stop using archaic laws to suppress genuine open freedom of expression, that is an important component for a true democratic nation.