British author Alan Shadrake freed from jail: witness

9th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

British author Alan Shadrake was freed Saturday from a Singapore prison after serving time for contempt of court related to his book on the death penalty, an AFP photographer saw.

Shadrake was whisked away from Changi prison in a van marked "Immigration and Checkpoints Authority," the photographer said.

It was believed to be heading for the airport where Shadrake was expected to be deported later Saturday to London, according to his lawyer M. Ravi.

"He is being deported by the immigration authorities," Ravi told AFP.

Shadrake went to jail on June 1 after losing his appeal against the six-week jail sentence which was the toughest ever imposed in Singapore for contempt of court.

The 76-year-old also had to serve an additional two weeks as he could not afford to pay the Sg$20,000 ($16,000) fine on top of the jail sentence, taking the term to a total of eight weeks.

But Ravi said his client was given remission for good behaviour and released earlier.

© 2011 AFP

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