NGO staff to be charged for “war crimes” documentary screening 

(TMI) – A Pusat Komas staffer will be charged in court soon over the screening of the documentary  No Fire Zone, which is allegedly based on the atrocities by the Sri Lankan forces in the final days of the country’s civil war.

Komas programme coordinator Lena Hendry is believed to have been ordered to present herself at the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court tomorrow.

Two other coordinators, Anna Har and Arul Prakash were also arrested during a raid by the Home Ministry at the screening of the documentary on July 8 but it is understood that only Lena will be charged under the Film Censorship Act 2002.

In a statement released today, Komas director Tan Jo Hann said, “This is the utmost form of harassment and direct violation of freedom of speech, assembly and association by the Malaysian authorities guaranteed for under Article 10 of the Malaysian Constitution.”

The documentary No Fire Zone: In the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka is said to cover the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government during the civil war in 2009.

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