Date
16 December 2017
Amos Yee has been found guilty of disparaging Christians and disseminating an obscene image. Photo: WSJ
Amos Yee has been found guilty of disparaging Christians and disseminating an obscene image. Photo: WSJ

Singapore video blogger found guilty of two offenses

Amos Yee, the 16-year-old Singaporean who posted online a video criticizing the country’s first prime minister, Lee Kwan Yew, shortly after his death in March, was found guilty by a Singapore court of disparaging Christians and disseminating an obscene image, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Yee has been placed on probation pending sentencing on June 2.

District Judge Jasvender Kaur on Tuesday found Yee guilty of an offense under Section 298 of the Penal Code, which criminalizes publishing material with the deliberate intention of wounding religious feelings.

The court ruled that the video Yee uploaded on YouTube contained comments offensive to Christians.

Yee was also found guilty of an offense under Section 292(1)(a) of the Penal Code for electronically transmitting an obscene image showing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Lee.

“What he urgently needs is counseling and appropriate probation,” the prosecution said in its submissions after the conviction.

An offense under Section 298 can carry a jail term of up to three years, a fine or both, the newspaper said. An offense under Section 292 can carry a jail term of up to three months, a fine or both.

The prosecution has indicated that it won’t seek a prison sentence for the teenager.

Probation would not carry a criminal record and would allow him an opportunity for rehabilitation, the report said, the Attorney General’s Office.

He will need to comply with new bail conditions, including requiring him to remove the offending content from his social media accounts.

Grace Fu Hai Yien, Singapore’s second minister of foreign affairs, said before the verdict that Yee created “not just any YouTube video”. She said “it crosses the red line with religion”.

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