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- Publisher: MURDOCH BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 20mm | 381g
- Publication date: 1 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: Millers Point
- ISBN 10: 1742663737
- ISBN 13: 9781742663739
- Illustrations note: Illustrations
- Sales rank: 28,324
Does Singapore have one rule for locals caught with drugs and another for wealthy foreigners? Why was Australian Nguyen Van Tuong hanged in 2005 while others escaped the noose? And why will the Lion City never hang another Filipina maid? Singapore has one of the highest execution rates per capita in the world. Its government claims that only the death penalty can deter drug dealers from using their country as a transport hub.but this hard-hitting investigation reveals disturbing truths about how and when the death penalty is applied. Including in-depth interviews with Darshan Singh.Singapore's chief executioner for nearly fifty years.and chilling accounts of high-profile cases, this is an horrific expos. of the gross abuse of human rights. When this book was first published in Asia in July 2010, UK journalist Alan Shadrake was arrested and tried, then sentenced to jail.for daring to put the Singapore justice system in the dock. This revised and updated edition covers Shadrake's arrest, and his ongoing campaign against the death penalty as he prepares for his appeal.
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Alan Shadrake is a British journalist based in Malaysia and the UK. His book, Once a Jolly Hangman, was published in Singapore in July 2010. Alan was immediately arrested by the Singaporean government and charged with 14 separate offences. He was found guilty of criminal defamation and sentenced to 6 weeks' jail and a S$20,000 fine. His case has received considerable media attention internationally, and he has written this revised and updated edition of the book while awaiting his appeal.