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Singaporeans jailed over kangaroo picture 穿「袋鼠法官」T恤 星國男子被判入獄

This file photo taken in Singapore on May 26, 2008, shows three members of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) standing outside the Supreme Court wearing T-shirts depicting a judge with a kangaroo head and a badge reading “Abolish ISA.”
這張攝於今年五月二十六日的資料照片顯示,三位新加坡民主黨黨員站在新加坡最高法院外,身穿印有袋鼠披法官袍圖案的T恤,還配戴了寫著「廢止內安法」的徽章。照片:法新社

PHOTO: AFP

Three Singaporean activists were sentenced to between seven and 15 days in jail for wearing clothes with a picture of a kangaroo dressed as a judge.

John Tan, Isrizal bin Mohamed Isa and Muhammad Shafi’ie Syahmi bin Sariman were each also ordered to pay court costs of S$5,000 (NT$109,300).

High Court Justice Judith Prakash had earlier found the trio in contempt of court after they were accused of wearing shirts bearing the kangaroo pictures on certain dates in May, within and near the court building.

Their action coincided with a hearing to assess damages in a libel case filed by Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew and his son Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, a government news release said earlier.

Tan, sentenced to 15 days’ jail, is the SDP’s assistant secretary general. Isrizal and Shafi’ie each received seven-day sentences.

“I think that there is no alternative in this case but to impose a sentence of incarceration,” Prakash said.

She took a dim view of the protest, noting that none of the men had apologized and said their action did not amount to fair criticism.

They were not immediately taken to jail. Prakash gave time for Isrizal to settle his affairs and for Shafi’ie to complete his national military training.

They are to surrender themselves on Dec. 12.

Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Chan argued that the worst insult someone can level against the judicial system is to call it a “kangaroo court,” the Straits Times reported earlier.

Isrizal said the image on the T-shirt was not a kangaroo but a wallaby, the report said.(AFP)

新加坡三名行動份子,因穿印有袋鼠披法官袍圖案的T恤,而被判刑監禁七日至十五日不等。

此外,陳約翰、依斯裡扎和慕哈末三人各被判罰新幣五千元(新台幣十萬九千三百元)的訴訟費用。

這三人被控今年五月某幾天,刻意穿著印有袋鼠圖案的T恤接近及進入法院,之後被高等法院法官茱迪絲.普拉卡西裁定為藐視法庭。

OUT LOUD 對話練習

Wallace: How did your court case go, Bertram?

Bertram: I was acquitted by the jury.

Wallace: That must be a relief.

Bertram: It is. I’ve had the sword of Damocles hanging over me for months, and now I can finally relax.

Wallace: So what are you planning to do?

Bertram: I’m going to take a long break and take my mind off all my troubles.

Wallace: Good idea. Enjoy it!

瓦勒斯:伯群,你的訴訟案現在如何啦?

伯群:陪審團判我無罪。

瓦勒斯:你一定鬆了一口氣吧。

伯群:沒錯,我已經提心吊膽好幾個月了,現在終於可以放輕鬆了。

瓦勒斯:那你打算做些什麼?

伯群:我要拋開憂慮,好好休息一陣子。

瓦勒斯:好主意,好好休息!

the sword of Damocles 即將來臨的災難

If you say the sword of Damocles is hanging over you, you know or expect something bad to happen to you soon.

如果你說「the sword of Damocles is hanging over you(「達摩克利斯之劍」懸在你頭上)」,就表示你知道或預期不久後將發生某件壞事。


新加坡政府稍早發佈的新聞稿指出,這三人穿著袋鼠T恤旁聽新加坡之父李光耀和其子現任總理李顯龍提告的誹謗案庭訊。

新加坡民主黨助理秘書長陳約翰被判十五天監禁;依斯裡扎和慕哈末兩人則各判入獄七天。

普拉卡西法官說:「我認為這個案件唯一的判決就是處以監禁。」

她無法苟同這種抗議方式,並強調他們三人事後都毫無悔意,且並未得到該有的指責。

他們沒有即刻發監執行。普拉卡西法官允許依斯裡扎先處理完手頭上的事情,而慕哈末也可以先服完兵役再入獄服刑。

他們必須於十二月十二日自行報到。

《海峽時報》稍早報導,副檢察長傑佛瑞.陳說,「袋鼠法庭」是批評司法體系不公最嚴厲的辱罵。

報導指出,依斯裡扎說T恤上的圖案是沙袋鼠,不是袋鼠。(法新社�翻譯:袁星塵)

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