British author of book on hangings posts bail in Singapore

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A British author arrested in Singapore while promoting his investigative book on executions in the city-state was released on bail Tuesday.

Alan Shadrake, a 75-year-old freelance journalist, told AFP at a police complex that he was freed after a local activist posted bail of 10,000 Singapore dollars (7,200 US) for him.

"I'm feeling pretty shaken at the moment," Shadrake said.

Shadrake, who divides his time between neighbouring Malaysia and Britain, is facing charges of criminal defamation and contempt of court, which are punishable by jail and fines.

© 2010 AFP

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