Author 'To Appeal Singapore Jail Sentence'

SINGAPORE (AFP) - A British author jailed for six weeks after his book on Singapore's death penalty was found to be in contempt of court is filing an appeal to overturn his conviction, his lawyer said Thursday.

Alan Shadrake, 76, "wishes to appeal against his conviction and sentence," a letter sent by his lawyer M. Ravi to the Supreme Court said.

Ravi told AFP by telephone that Shadrake, a freelance writer based in Malaysia and Britain, should not have been convicted for insulting the judiciary in his book "Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock".

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