Singapore to jail British author over 'insulting book'

27th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A 76-year-old British author on Friday lost his appeal against a six-week jail term and fine for insulting Singapore's judiciary in a book about criminal executions in the city-state.

Alan Shadrake, a freelance journalist and author of "Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock", was allowed to undergo a medical test before starting his jail term on Wednesday.

He had been out on bail while seeking to reverse a High Court ruling in November 2010 sentencing him to prison and a fine of Sg$20,000 ($16,150).

"We affirm the sentence imposed by the judge," said Justice Andrew Phang of the three-member Court of Appeal panel, asked by the defence to overturn the conviction.

© 2011 AFP

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