Teen jailed for Anti- Religion posts in Singapore


Singaporean Court sentenced a Singaporean teenager to jail for six weeks who first gained notoriety for attacking late leader Lee Kuan Yew and on Thursday was sentenced to jail for insulting Muslims and Christians in a fresh brush with the law.

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Yee pleaded guilty to six charges of deliberately posting comments on the internet in videos, blog posts and a picture that were critical of Christianity and Islam. Judge Ong Hian Sun told the district court that Yee's actions could "generate social unrest" and should not be condoned.

Last month, he pleaded guilty to three charges of wounding feelings of Muslims and Christians and two charges for failing to show up at a police station. 
During his trial, the court heard that 24 police reports had been lodged against Yee, in relation to the total of six counts he faces for wounding religious feelings. 

Yee left Singapore in December last year after being served a notice for attending a police interview two days later. He travelled to Hong Kong where he published several posts about being served the notice. 

After he returned in April, the police served another notice on Yee. He tried to leave the country the day before the interview and was arrested on May 11. 

The prosecution had sought six weeks' jail and a fine of 2,000 Singapore dollars (USD 1,465) in total, while Yee's lawyer asked for four weeks' jail and a fine of 1,000 dollars, in default five days' jail. 

The blogger was convicted of similar charges last year and sentenced to four weeks' jail. 

Yee first came to the attention when he uploaded an expletive-laden video in March last year, four days after the death of Lee Kuan Yew. He was sentenced in July to four weeks' jail but released the same day as the punishment was backdated to include his time in remand.

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