Singapore: Author appeals death penalty sentence

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April 12, 2011
The Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in News, PND News

"Singapore fiercely guards its reputation for squeaky-clean governance. Anyone suggesting that the rich city-state’s judiciary has serious flaws can expect a stern rebuttal -- or much worse. In November, Alan Shadrake was found guilty of contempt of court over his book, Once A Jolly Hangman, which skewers Singapore’s brand of capital punishment. He was fined 20,000 Singapore dollars and sentenced to six weeks in jail. Human rights groups complained that the verdict was harsh and unnecessary. On Monday Mr. Shadrake was back in court, this time to appeal the verdict. He vows that he will fight his case and doesn’t care if he ends up back in a Singaporean jail." (04/12/11)  

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