October 25, 1994 |
Christopher Lingle, the latest American to run afoul of Singapore's government, said Monday that it is impossible for him to return to his teaching job at Singapore's National University after being investigated by police for an article he contributed to a newspaper. "I think Americans have an instinctive acceptance of freedom of expression, whether it be academic freedom or freedom of the press, and I view this issue along those lines," Lingle said in a telephone interview from Atlanta.
September 24, 1994 |
The father of an American youth arrested last year for vandalism and mischief was fined Friday for using abusive language against a policeman, a university lecturer and a condominium resident. Prosecutors decided not to proceed on two charges of assault. Robert Freehill, 51, a company regional director, was sentenced to a $2,500 fine or 10 weeks in jail. He paid the fine. The court returned his confiscated passport.
August 30, 1994 |
Just as the furor over the flogging of American teen-ager Michael Fay had begun to fade, the government here has confronted the Clinton Administration with a new controversy: A 51-year-old American businessman has been prevented from leaving this country after being charged with various offenses, from using abusive language to assault.
June 26, 1994 |
Michael Fay, the U.S. teen-ager who was caned in Singapore for vandalism, said prison officials told him he shouted "I'm dying!" when the first stroke was delivered but he could not remember making the cry. Fay said in an interview Friday that a prison officer stood beside him and guided him through the ordeal saying: "OK, Michael, three left; OK, Michael, two left; OK, one more, you're almost done."
June 22, 1994 |
Smiling and waving to the cameras like a celebrity, Michael Fay was released from prison Tuesday after gaining worldwide notoriety as the first American ever flogged in Singapore. "I'm happy to be out," Fay, 19, said after his release. "My health is good. I'm looking forward to the future very much. I'm looking forward to going back to my country."
May 8, 1994 |
Singapore's government said early today that it had reprimanded two U.S. diplomats because of what it termed "false reports" about how much American teen-ager Michael P. Fay suffered during a flogging for vandalism. The two-month controversy about the Fay case, which has strained relations between the United States and one of its longtime allies, blossomed into a full-fledged war of words over news reports that the youth had been "bloodied" by the punishment.