‘I first met Subhas in jail’

Jail can break a man – but not this lawyer and his resolve to defend others

 By K.C. Vijayan Senior Law Correspondent

I first met Subhas Anandan about 40 years ago in the most unlikely of places – a hospital ward in Changi Prison.

Clad in prison-issue hospital clothes, he was seated calmly on a bed, and I was the prison officer rostered to the hospital wing and doing the rounds.

Singapore’s best-known criminal lawyer in recent times, Subhas was 67 when he died last Wednesday, less than two weeks after his birthday on Christmas Day.

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