Amos Yee to spend at least one night in jail; parents did not post bail after hearing

Amos Yee eating a banana as he enters Singapore’s State Courts with his father for his pre-trial conference on April 17, 2015. — Jason Quah/TODAY pic
Amos Yee eating a banana as he enters Singapore’s State Courts with his father for his pre-trial conference on April 17, 2015. — Jason Quah/TODAY pic

SINGAPORE, April 17 — Teenager Amos Yee, who is facing three criminal charges arising from online content he posted, will spend at least one night in jail after his parents did not post bail for him following a pre-trial conference at the State Courts today.

Bail for the 16-year-old was converted from a police bail to a court bail today, with the bail amount remaining at S$20,000 (RM53,900).

But new conditions were imposed. He has to set to private the March 27 YouTube video in which he touched on former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his March 28 blog post on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; as well as take down a blog post and two Facebook posts on Tuesday sourcing for funds from the public. Amos must also undertake not to cause the content to be visible or available.

He is also to report daily to Bedok Police Division.

His parents told reporters after the hearing that they were considering whether to post bail. District Court judge Kessler Soh later granted Deputy Public Prosecutor Hon Yi’s request for Amos’ bailors not to be restricted to only his parents.

But Mr and Mrs Yee later left the State Courts without their son and declined to comment further.

Amos is charged with uploading online content intending to wound the religious feelings of Christians, and for online remarks about Lee that were intended to be heard and seen by persons likely to be distressed by them. — TODAY

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