Duo discharged in case of contravening Film Censorship Act


MIRI: Two salesgirls of a DVD outlet here were acquitted by the Magistrate’s Court of charges of contravening the Film Censorship Act 2002 by not displaying the required documents from the Film Censorship Board.

Sia Geok Lee, 19, and Margaret Rantan, 20, were freed yesterday by Magistrate Nasrul Abdul Ghani without their defence being called after their lawyer David Siaw cast doubts on whether the girls were directly associated with the offences as they were only taking care of the outlet.

The duo was arrested on March 19 at the outlet in a shopping complex in the city.

They were alleged to have 67 copies of DVDs that did not have Certificate B from the Film Censorship Board.

Certificate B is a document issued by the board that governs the display of duplicate copies of films.

Under Section 18 (4) (a) of the Act, it is an offence to sell DVDs without Certificate B.

Those found guilty can be fined a minimum of RM5,000 and maximum RM30,000 and be given a jail term not exceeding three years or both. The duo claimed trial to the offences after they were charged at the court here a few days after their arrest.

In his submission, Siaw said the duo were not the owners and merely hired to look after the outlet.

He said the prosecution had failed to furnish evidence that the girls had knowledge of the Certificate B requirements or had carried out sales transactions.

The magistrate ruled that the prosecution led by prosecuting officer Mizlan Gani had failed to establish a prima facie case against the duo.

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