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Singapore blogger Amos Yee to spend three weeks in remand

Singapore blogger Amos Yee to spend three weeks in remand

Singapore blogger Amos Yee will be remanded for three weeks, while an assessment report on the suitability of his reformative training is being made. This was ordered by District Judge Jasvender Kaur on 2 June.

District Judge Jasvender did not offer a bail option.

Yee’s 2 June hearing was previously requested by prosecutors to explore other terms of sentencing such as probation. However, an urgent hearing was held last Wednesday, 27 May, after Yee’s probation officers said that the teenager refused probation, and failed to turn up for meetings.

District Judge Jasvender, hearing the case on Tuesday, has called for a reformative training assessment report, responding to the prosecutor’s request to send Yee for reformative training, according to The Straits Times.

On 21 May, Yee also made public the video and blog posts that he was being charged for, after taking it down when first ordered to do so.

Yee has been found guilty for wounding the religious feelings of Christians and transmitting an “obscene” image involving late former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

He also uploaded the offensive image on his Facebook page on 1 June.

Convicted offenders below 21 years old are put in reformative training if they are found to be unsuitable for probation.

Reformative training lasts for a minimum of 18 months, where they will have to undergo structured rehabilitation programmes, foot drills and counseling. They will not have any contact with adult inmates.

Yee's next hearing has been scheduled for 23 June.