Amos Yee to spend weekend in remand: reports

Amos Yee, 16, and his mother leave the State courts in Singapore, on March 31, 2015

[UPDATE on Saturday, 18 April 2015, 3pm: Amos Yee likely to spend weekend in remand]

Amos Yee, the 16-year-old who posted a video online which ranted about Christianity and Lee Kuan Yew, will likely spend the weekend in remand after no one showed up to post bail for him, reports said.

He had reportedly already spent Friday night in remand.

According to media reports, his parents decided against posting bail on Friday, after District Judge Kessler Soh changed the $20,000 police bail Yee was on to a court bail during a pre-trial conference (PTC).

Several conditions were also set as part of the bail.

Among others, Yee was told to take down two Facebook posts and a blogpost, in which he tried to raise $30,000 for legal fees. The judge also required that he make private his YouTube video on the late Mr Lee posted on 27 March. He also has to report daily to the investigation officer or designated police officer at Bedok Police Division at 9am -- if he makes bail.

Meanwhile, a fresh police report has been filed against Yee for allegedly infringing a court order after he was charged late last month with multiple offences, including wounding the feelings of Christians.

Yee wrote a blog post on 14 April to raise money for his legal fees and included links to the original offensive material.

“I’ve already saved up a considerable amount of money by insisting that I’d only have lawyers who are able to represent me, pro bono. But unfortunately, there is still the inevitable cost of court fees, bail money all the nitty-gritties that makes a trial notoriously expensive, lawyers excessively rich and something that the common folk would never wish to touch with a 8-foot pole,” he wrote.

The post also included an appeal to the public to donate in order to support his content creation efforts.

The complaint against Yee was filed by Lionel de Souza, 72, an assistant secretary of the People’s Action Party’s Hougang branch, reported The Straits Times.

Yess was charged on 31 March for offenses including deliberate intention to wound the religious or racial feelings of a person, circulating obscene material and for making abusive or insulting communication that is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.