Singapore: teenage blogger faces trial
Amos Yee Pang Sang, 16, pictured above with his father, has fallen foul of the law in Singapore for offending Christians and insulting the country’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died on March 23, 2015 aged 92.
The teen, an exceptionally articulate sceptic, blogger and social commentator, posted a video on YouTube, describing Lee Kuan Yew as:
An over-glorified, overrated, exceptionally Machiavellian leader.
In this respect, Amos suggested, he was pretty much like Jesus Christ.
More than 20 police reports were lodged against him for the video, and he was charged with uploading online material intending to wound the religious feelings of Christians, and making remarks about Lee Kuan Yew that offended people.
He is accused of three offences: uploading content online which contained remarks against Christianity with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of Christians; transmitting electronically an image showing obscene figures, and unlawfully making an online video containing remarks about Mr Lee that offended people who viewed it.
The remarks he made in the video included “good riddance” and his hope that the late Mr Lee would not rest in peace.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Hon Yi asked that Yee, whose $20,000 police bail was extended, not post, upload or otherwise distribute any comment or content, whether directly or indirectly, online while his current case is ongoing.
This week the High Court refused to vary his bail conditions after he refused the prosecution’s offer to relax certain conditions if he goes for psychiatric counselling.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Hay Hung Chun told Justice Tay Yong Kwang that the prosecution learned only recently that Amos’ mother had taken her son to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) after he was charged with the offences.
Hat tip: Trevor Blake