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British author arrested, charged with defamation over book on death penalty

(SEAPA/IFEX) - A British author who was scheduled to promote his book on the death penalty in Singapore was arrested in the city state on 18 July 2010 over charges of defamation, media reports said.

"The Telegraph" said Alan Shadrake, who was in the city state to promote his book, "Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock", was arrested two days after the Singapore government's Media Development Authority filed a police report.

Shadrake is also facing charges of contempt of court, "The Telegraph" said.

According to "The Straits Times", the 75-year-old freelance journalist's book contains accounts of high-profile cases in the city state involving the death penalty. Also included is an interview with Singapore's former executioner.

Singapore imposes the death penalty on crimes such as murder.

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