Man, 21, charged with wounding religious feelings of Muslims in InstaStories

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The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — A 21-year-old man who claimed on Instagram that he had had a dream about gunning down Muslims and felt a "rush of enjoyment" has been charged with wounding the religious feelings of Muslims.

Sun Sicong was on Monday (20 December) given one count each of wounding religious feelings, making insulting communication and possession of obscene films.

Between 2018 and 2019, the Singapore permanent resident allegedly posted Instagram Stories about the "cancerous dogmas" of Islam. According to court documents, he had dreamt of shooting up an office building where he gunned down "anyone that's relatively brown or non Chinese looking".

He is also said to have remarked that he would burn the Quran and Bible when he returned to China, adding that its "oppressive laws here do not apply to me".

Sun is also accused of posting an InstaStory on 7 June 2020, where he made remarks about a rape victim's ordeal, causing alarm.

In addition, he is alleged to have downloaded two obscene films in April and May 2020, which were discovered in his iPhone.

If convicted of wounding religious feelings, Sun can be jailed for up to three years, fined, or both.

For the charge of making insulting communication, he can be fined up to $5,000. For possessing obscene films, Sun can be jailed up to six months, fined up to S$20,000, or both.

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