Alan Shadrake strikes back!!


Is it just me? Whenever I see Alan Shadrake's photo, the first word comes to my mind is 'Emperor' (the second word is 'Palpatine', the third word is 'Rocks!' Hehe.)

Perhaps it's due to the latest news on how this British author decided to remain in Singapore while appealing against his jail sentence and plans to sue Singapore both here and in Europe for malicious prosecution.

How cool is that?! I mean if RecordTV can beat MediaCorp, perhaps--just, perhaps--he could have stand a chance too, eh?

British author Alan Shadrake has decided to remain in Singapore while appealing against his jail sentence and plans to sue Singapore both here and in Europe for malicious prosecution.

Last week, Shadrake, 76, had sought to make an application to leave the country as he had intended to seek medical treatment in London.

But at a hearing at the Supreme Court today, Shadrake's lawyer Mr M Ravi said his client had decided to stay put and wait for his appeal, which is expected to happen early next year.

Mr Ravi said his client had decided to do so because of the objections of the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) to the application as well as the $80,000 he is expected to put up as a deposit to secure his return.

Shadrake had been sentenced to six weeks' jail, fined $20,000 and ordered to pay $55,000 in costs to the AGC after being found guilty of contempt of court over 11 passages in his book 'Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock'.

The passages were found to have undermined the integrity of Singapore's judicial system.

After Thursday's hearing, Mr Ravi told reporters that his client intends to sue the Singapore government both here and in Europe for malicious prosecution.

This is expected to happen sometime in February, he added.

Shadrake told reporters he was planning the action in Europe as that is where the human rights courts are located.

A defiant Shadrake told reporters: "I am going to fight it, I'm not backing down, not ever."

From Channel NewsAsia, "Shadrake to remain in S'pore, plans to sue for 'malicious prosecution'".

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