Ladies and Gentlemen,
Bloomberg news agency just now reports that Alan Shadrake, the international British author and investigative journalist arrested in Singapore for publishing his book "Once a jolly hangman" in which there were references of Singapore's selective justice in capital cases, has had his case in court adjourned for his lawyer to prepare his defense.
Bloomberg also reports that he was given until July 29, 2010 to unconditionally apologize, to use their words, which will presumably mean a lesser punishment. So far, it appears that he has not apologized, unconditionally or otherwise.
Not being privy to Shadrake's present personal circumstances in Singapore, I do not know whether it would be possible for him to defy the Singapore government on this. He is of course away from home, Britain, and the prospect of an extended stay in Singapore might be difficult for anyone, not to mention the expense and disruption occasioned by it.
But if it is at all possible, I hope Shadrake refuses to apologize, and disputes every single one of these baseless charges all the way, to assert that inalienable right of man to free speech, which this dictatorial government shamelessly tries to deny.
Shadrake is now really in an admirable position. Once again, as many others had done before such as JB Jeyaretnam, and Dr. Chee Soon Juan; he in a position, by this politically motivated trial, to expose to the whole world, with all eyes watching, how repressive this Lee Kuan Yew government is, and the truism that the more you try to stifle man's free spirit, the more he will assert it.
In this politically motivated contempt of court case, these bullies should be made to prove their case in open court, every bit of it, as to why they claim the book is in contempt of their judiciary, with Shadrake disproving every bit of it, while the world watches.
I can imagine the spectacle of these Lee Kuan Yew minions brought to their knees helpless against the truth. Yes, it will not only make my day, but that of millions all over the world who yearn to see the back of this regime that governs by abusing the law and persecuting political opponents.
Shadrake should take his time with these proceedings, drag it on for days and days, while the international press reports each and every detail, day in and day out, of argument and counter argument. The more this case drags, even more of the world would see aghast how disgusting this Lee Kuan Yew government really is.
If anyone had any doubts whether Singapore was in fact another Burma or North Korea, Shadrake would have been able to put it to rest. And in doing so, Shadrake, who is not even Singaporean would be doing the cause of a free Singapore proud, much more than any other normal Singaporean could have done.
Of course, such defiance would mean this these petty thugs who call themselves lawyers and judges would try to punish Shadrake even more severely than otherwise. But he should have no worry on that score. The world, as well as his own country Britain can clearly see that this case against Shadrake is totally without basis in law or fact. In this day and age, you simply do not do such things.
This injustice in this case cries out sky high, without even going into details, it is is one classic case of the abuse of law by a corrupt legal system to silence criticism. Simple as that.
No matter what Shadrake does now, no matter how defiant he becomes, these corrupt Singapore judges who are just doing this under orders of Lee Kuan Yew simply cannot do much. Remember, he is not Singaporean; you have to take Britain into account as he is British.
With this trial, Shadrake is in a win win position. He has got these Singapore thugs who call themselves lawyers by the neck. They simply cannot do much against him in this case. Singapore has wider considerations to reckon with, such as it's already badly tattered international image which is about to take another beating.
He should take this golden opportunity that he has now, go all the way, and tell these thugs exactly what they are.
And after this, Shadrake will go home, with the eternal honor of having stood up to these Singapore bully boys and in the process the knowledge that he has done a great service to the people of Singapore and to the cause of freedom.
Writing the book, the name of Alan Shadrake is already etched in the history of Singapore as one who stood up for rights of the ordinary man. With this trial, he would be giving this bullying government that rules by fear, a clean knock out.
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