No one bails Amos Yee out, teen likely to spend weekend in remand

No one bails Amos Yee out, teen likely to spend weekend in remand

 

SINGAPORE - Amos Yee is likely to spend his weekend in jail after no one turned up to bail the 16-year-old out by 12pm Saturday, local media reported.

District Judge Kessler Soh had, on Friday during pre-trial conference, changed his police bail of $20,000 to a court bail, requiring bail to be reposted. But the teenager's parents decided against posting bail. Amos, who had arrived at court waving to the media and eating a banana, was led away in handcuffs, reported The Straits Times.

Amos was charged on March 31 for allegedly attacking Christianity and for posting an online video that insulted the late former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. More than 20 police reports were lodged against him.

New bail conditions were also imposed on Friday, which includes removing two Facebook posts and a blog post written on April 14, where he appealed to the public to raise $30,000 for legal fees, as his parents were unwilling to pay the fees.

Judge Soh also told Amos that as his case is ongoing, he must also refrain from posting, uploading or distributing any comment or content, whether directly or indirectly, to any social media, online service or website.

his case is ongoing, he must also refrain from posting, uploading or distributing any comment or content, whether directly or indirectly, to any social media, online service or website. - See more at: http://admin.asiaone.com/news/singapore/teen-online-rant-remanded#sthash.OLAMQzlP.dpuf

According to The Straits Times, blogger Roy Ngerng - who was found to have defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his May 15 blog post last year - was among the few who were in court for Amos' pre-trial conference yesterday.

klim@sph.com.sg

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