SINGAPORE — Alan Shadrake, a 75-year-old British author, was jailed for six weeks and fined 20,000 Singapore dollars (15,000 US) on Tuesday for publishing a book critical of executions in Singapore.
Judge Quentin Loh dismissed a last-minute apology by Shadrake as "nothing more than a tactical ploy in court to obtain a reduced sentence", and ruled that the freelance journalist will have to serve two more weeks in prison if he fails to pay the fine.
"A fine should be imposed to prevent Mr Shadrake from profiting from his contempt (of court)," the judge said.
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