27 May '11, 4am

Court of Appeal affirms the sentence of six weeks' jail and a $20,000 fine handed down to British author Alan Shadrake

Court of Appeal affirms the sentence of six weeks' jail and a $20,000 fine handed down to British author Alan Shadrake

He said he did not regret writing the book although he admitted making 'minor' errors. -- PHOTO: AFP THE Court of Appeal on Friday affirmed the sentence of six weeks' jail and a $20,000 fine handed down to British author Alan Shadrake by the High Court for contempt of court. After the decision by Singapore's highest court, Shadrake, 76, through his lawyer, Mr M. Ravi, asked to start serving his jail term next Wednesday. The request was granted. Last year, the Attorney-General had applied to commit Shadrake for contempt of court on the ground that 14 passages in his book, Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock, had scandalised the judiciary. In November last year, he was found by High Court judge Quentin Loh to have impugned the impartiality, integrity and independence of the courts here in 11 out of the 14 passages. Justice Loh sentenced Shadrake to six weeks'...

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