Amos Yee charged with 3 offences against Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity

Amos Yee charged with 3 offences against Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity
Amos Yee, 16, (right) arriving in court with his parents on March 31, 2015. The teen is accused of posting a video online that insulted Christianity and allegedly celebrated the death of Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

SINGAPORE - The teenager, who put up an anti-Lee Kuan Yew video, was charged in court today for uploading online materials with the intention to hurt the feelings of Christians, and for making offensive remarks on former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Amos Yee Pang Sang, 16, who was arrested on Sunday, faces three charges under Section 298 and Section 292(1)(a) of the Penal Code, and Section 4(1)(b) of the Protection from Harassment Act, reported the local media.

Yee is also said to have have uploaded an image showing obscene figures of the late Mr Lee and Mrs Margaret Thatcher, who was Britain's former prime minister, reported The Straits Times website.

The third charge accuses him of making an insulting video clip online containing remarks about Mr Lee which was intended to be heard and seen by people likely to be distressed by it, it added.

Many Singaporeans have hit out at the insensitive comments he made with bravado in the video at a time when the nation was mourning the death of Singapore's first prime minister. They were aghast with his comment that it was his hope that the late Mr Lee would not rest in peace.

More than 20 police reports were made against him.

Yee, who was not represented, indicated he wished to engage a lawyer.

Yee was granted a bail $20,000 under the condition that he will not post, upload or otherwise distribute any comment or content, whether directly or indirectly, to any social media or online service or website.

A pre-trial conference has been fixed for April 17.

Today, his father reportedly told reporters that he would like to apologise to Mr Lee's son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for Yee's actions. The newspapers today reported that his mother had made a police report on his ungovernable behaviour.

chenj@sph.com.sg

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