Once a Jolly Hangman
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, including the execution of Australian Nguyen Van Tuong, this is an horrific expose 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.
Alan Shadrake is a renowned veteran investigative journalist and author whose 50-year career has taken him around the world. His book, Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock, was published in Singapore in July 2010. It was banned immediately and Alan was arrested, tried and found guilty on several charges and sentenced to a short stint in jail. He is currently appealing his sentence.