The Singapore Court delivered a 4 week jail sentence for 16 year old Amos Yee, backdating the judgment to June 2 which means the YouTuber can walk free. However, Amos Yee is dissatisfied with the conviction and is appealing against it.
Amos Yee had a hunger strike 3 days ago and refused to eat while he was jailed in the mental asylum. He was sent to the Emergency ward last night after his blood sugar reached dangerous levels. The 16 year old then rested at the hospital before the doctor discharged him back to the mental asylum before he came to court today for his final judgment.
The doctor in-charge of monitoring Amos Yee at the mental hospital assessed that the boy has no mental illness. This assessment contradicts to another unnamed doctor who testified in court that Amos Yee may have “Autism Spectrum Disorder” which led to Amos Yee being sent to the mental hospital for 2 weeks of “psychiatric assessment”.
It appears the Singapore Court have gave in to mounting public pressure calling for the release of Amos Yee. Protests have been held at Taiwan, Hongkong, Malaysia and Singapore in recent weeks calling Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to release Amos Yee. The United Nations have also called for the Singapore Government to release the 16 year old boy unconditionally and even labelled Amos Yee the youngest political prisoner in the world.
Amos Yee was jailed for a total of 54 days including two weeks at the mental asylum. His video (below) which criticized Lee Kuan Yew and his son the present PM Lee Hsien Loong, resulted in a disproportionate jail sentencing compared to the typical taxi-drivers assault case:
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