Date
21 January 2017
Teenage blogger Amos Yee walked free from a Singapore court Monday after being given a backdated four-week jail sentence for obscenity and wounding religious feelings. Photo: Ernest Chua
Teenage blogger Amos Yee walked free from a Singapore court Monday after being given a backdated four-week jail sentence for obscenity and wounding religious feelings. Photo: Ernest Chua

Singapore court hands backdated 4-week jail sentence to Amos Yee

A Singapore court has handed teenage blogger Amos Yee a four-week jail sentence after finding him guilty of insulting religious feelings and for uploading an obscene image.

However, the sentence was backdated to June 2, meaning that Yee can walk free Monday from the court, Straits Times reported on its website.

In May, Yee was convicted of wounding religious feelings and circulating an obscene cartoon after he uploaded a video attacking the late Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew shortly after Lee’s death in March.

As Yee has already been in custody for more than 50 days, he was released immediately on Monday.

Since his arrest in March, the 16-year-old is said to have repeatedly breached bail conditions and refused to speak to a probation officer.

He was remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for the past two weeks for psychiatric examinations, to assess his suitability for a Mandatory Treatment Order, according to Straits Times.

While giving the ruling on a four-week jail sentence, the judge said the crime that Yee has committed was not small, Lianhe Zaobao, a Singapore-based Chinese newspaper, reported.

The court passed the sentence after receiving a counseling report which said that Yee does not suffer from autism. 

On Sunday, about 50 Hong Kong activists marched to Admiralty Centre where the Singapore Consulate is located. They called on the Singaporean government to release Yee.

Meanwhile in Singapore, about 200 sympathizers were said to have gathered at the Hong Lim Park on Monday to seek the teenager’s release. The park is the only venue in Singapore where public protests are allowed.

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