British author jailed for contempt of court deported from Singapore

11:54, July 10, 2011      

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British author Alan Shadrake, who had been jailed five weeks in Singapore for contempt of court, has been deported to London, local media reported on Sunday.

Shadrake, 76, was deported on Saturday hours after being discharged from prison, the Chinese language daily Lianhe Zaobao said.

Shadrake's lawyer confirmed that he had been released after spending five weeks behind the bars for publishing a book critical of executions in Singapore. The book contains a profile of Darshan Singh, the former chief executioner at a local prison. Passages in the book have been found to undermine the integrity of Singapore's judicial system.

Shadrake was arrested last year when he came to Singapore to launch the book.

He had said he had no regrets writing the book.

He was sentenced to six weeks in jail and a fine of 20,000 Singapore dollars (16,000 U.S. dollars) in November last year. He appealed against the sentence but it was rejected by the court of appeal in May.

The appeal court disagreed with the idea of giving Shadrake a " sentencing discount" to signal that the courts have no interest in stifling legitimate debate on the death penalty. Shadrake's conduct was "still the worst case of scandalizing contempt" that has come before the Singapore courts, it said.

Source: Xinhua
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