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Amos Yee, Teen Blogger, Freed in Singapore After Video Got Him Jailed

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 09:20 AM

Amos Yee, the 16-year-old blogger who was found guilty of "obscenity" and "wounding of religious feelings" in Singapore, was released on Monday with time served and said he plans to appeal the "manifestly excessive" conviction.

The teenager posted a video on YouTube earlier this year, which criticized Singapore’s first prime minster, Lee Kuan Yew, who is credited with transforming the country from a former British colony to an economically capable state. Yee negatively compared Lee to Jesus and Mao Zedong and called him a “totalitarian,” according to CNN. Authorities arrested Yee in March on the same day as Lee’s funeral for the video, saying it contained "disparaging remarks against Christians."

“Police take a stern view of acts that could threaten religious harmony in Singapore," Tan Chye Hee, deputy commissioner of police, told CNN. "Any person who uploads offensive content online with deliberate intention of wounding the religious or racial feelings of any person will be firmly dealt with in accordance with the law."

At the time of Yee’s arrest, his father said he was “very sorry” to Lee, according to the Strait Times. The teen's mother, on the other hand, apologized to her son in a letter she posted on Facebook:

 

Sorry Son.Sorry for telling you that you are in the safest country. You are feeling so insecure and scared now.Sorry...

Posted by Mary Toh on Sunday, June 28, 2015


Yee’s mother also wore #FreeAmosYee shirts to his court hearings.

After 53 days in Changi Prison and two weeks in the Institute of Mental Health, Yee's lawyer, Alfred Dodwell, said Monday that the teen is finally free.

“Amos is free today. He does not face any further sanctions in so far as these two charges are concerned," Dodwell said, according to CNN. “Amos, duly advised by his lawyers, is of the view that the conviction is wrong in law and sentence levied against him is manifestly excessive."

Dodwell is, however, concerned about Yee’s well-being. The teen reportedly visited Changi General Hospital Sunday because of low blood pressure and blood sugar levels as a result of loss of appetite.

“We enquired from Amos as to his physical well-being earlier today as he had visibly lost weight. He said he was feeling better. He had a meal today but was feeling slightly giddy," Dodwell said.

Human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, the United Nations, and Amnesty International, condemned Yee's detention, claiming that it was in violation with the U.N. Convention on the Right of the Child.

“He has been held for nothing but exercising his right to freedom of expression,” Amnesty International said, according to The New York Times.

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