02 Jun '11, 2am

A 76-year-old British writer who published a book denouncing judicial hangings in Singapore started a prison term...

Shadrake could not afford to pay a Sg$20,000 ($15,175) fine on top of the prison term, resulting in another two weeks in jail, taking the term to eight weeks in total. He could be released earlier for good behaviour. He was allowed to undergo a medical test before serving his sentence. "I feel fine. I feel that Singapore has shamed itself again by jailing me," Shadrake said by phone. "For Singapore not to allow this free expression, to jail someone for their opinions... it's bloody nonsense," added the author of Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock . His book includes a profile of Darshan Singh, the former chief executioner at Singapore's Changi Prison who, according to the author, hanged around 1,000 men and women including foreigners from 1959 until he retired in 2006. Shadrake's book features interviews with human rights activists, lawyers and former poli...

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