Alan Shadrake enjoys an 8-week stay in jail

Alan Shadrake lost his appeal & is still sentenced to 6 weeks' jail and a $20,000 fine for contempt of court. His attempt to strike back is swinging in thin air.

But what is this nonsense that he will not be able to pay the fine (and therefore, he will serve the default two-week jail term)? Surely he's more than enough money to pay if he's willing to.

No, Sir. My guess is that he intentionally decides to save $20,000 and enjoys an additional 2-week stay in jail instead and works on his new book without any disturbance!

Let me see what the title of the book may be? The Changi Redemption? Birdman of Changi? The not-so-Great Escape?

And see, even before his new book is published, he has already earned some free publicity!

I suspect even his appeal is just a greedy attempt to be featured more in the media. In this AFP article, "Singapore jails UK author for 'insulting book'", it says that he "laughed and joked with reporters after the Court of Appeal upheld a prison term and fine imposed in November."

He's also quoted to say, "I expected the decision. I am very sorry for Singapore. I'm not sorry for myself."

PS. The book, "Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock" is however available at Surprise, surprise! One is sold from Malaysia (priced $28.00) and another from Singapore ($29.95). Heh. For such amount, I'd prefer buying other books, for sure...

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' jail and a $20,000 fine - the heaviest punishment handed down here for contempt of court by way of scandalising the judiciary.

Shadrake appealed.

On Friday, a three-judge Court of Appeal, contrary to Justice Loh, found nine of the 14 passages to be in contempt.

The appeal court disagreed with Justice Loh's approach in giving Shadrake a 'sentencing discount' to signal that the courts have no interest in stifling legitimate debate on the death penalty. The appeal court said that Shadrake's conduct merited a substantial jail term as this was 'still the worst case of scandalising contempt' that has come before the Singapore courts.

Shadrake, who walked out of court flashing his usual V for victory sign, said: 'They gave me what I expected. I expected the results.'

He said he did not regret writing the book although he admitted making 'minor' errors.

Shadrake said he will not be able to pay the fine and will serve the default two-week jail term, making a total of eight weeks.

From Straits Times, "British author Alan Shadrake loses appeal".


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