Amos Yee slapped: Police arrest 49-year-old man

Amos Yee slapped: Police arrest 49-year-old man

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested a 49-year-old man in relation to the assault on Amos Yee outside the state courts yesterday (April 30).

The teenage blogger was on his way to a pre-trial conference yesterday afternoon when a middle-aged man slapped him and then taunted him to "sue me, come and sue me". The man then fled the scene.

In a statement today, the police said: "In response to media queries, the Police confirm that a 49-year-old man was arrested in relation to the case. Police investigations are ongoing."

The police had earlier confirmed that a report had been lodged about the assault.

Law Minister K Shanmugam had said in a Facebook post yesterday evening that the assault was "unacceptable" and hoped that "the attacker will be caught quickly, and is dealt with appropriately".

Yee, 16, was charged on March 31 with several offences, including attacking Christianity in a YouTube video. He has been placed back in remand after the pre-trial conference yesterday, after he flouted his bail conditions by publishing two blog posts. Channel NewsAsia reported that Yee's bailor, youth counsellor Vincent Law, discharged himself.

sinsh@sph.com.sg

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