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Alan Shadrake

Published on 22 October 2010

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Dear Prime Minister Lee,

I would like to draw your attention to the case of British writer and journalist Alan Shadrake, who is currently being tried in your country for writing a book about the death penalty. To our knowledge, there are no grounds for the contempt of court charge that the attorney-general’s office has brought against him.

We therefore urge you to intercede with the appropriate authorities to get this charge withdrawn and to allow Mr. Shadrake to leave your country, as his health requires.

Sincerely,

Pétition Reporters sans frontières

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Aged 75, Alan Shadrake is a Malaysia-based British writer and journalist. He was arrested on 18 July 2010 by the Singaporean authorities while promoting his book “Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock” about the death penalty in Singapore. It contains a portrait of Darshan Singh, the chief hangman at Singapore’s Changi Prison, who reportedly executed a thousand people between 1959 and 2006.

Shadrake was held for 39 hours at the headquarters of the Singapore Criminal Investigation Department before being freed on $10,000 Singaporean dollars in bail. Despite having serious health problems, he had to sleep on the floor of his cell while held and was interrogated for hours at a time about the content of his book.

Originally scheduled for 30 July, his trial began on 18 October. He is facing a possible two-year jail sentence.

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