Singaporean blogger activist Amos Yee is to face six weeks in jail and a fine of SG$2000 (HK$11,400), according to sentences handed down on Thursday morning.
Yee was found guilty of eight charges – two of failing to report for police investigation and six of wounding the feelings of Christians or Muslims. In an update on his Facebook page, Yee said: “Got my sentence for ‘intending to wound religious feelings’: 38 days of prison. Going in on the 13th of October.”
The blogger said on his Facebook page on September 14 that he pled guilty to three of the charges. He also pled guilty to three charges of “wounding religious feelings” and two charges of failing to report to police summons in late August.
Yee will start his sentence in mid-October and will face 10 more days in jail if he does not pay the fine.
The Straits Times reported that the judge said Yee’s remarks were “contemptuous and irreverent” and could cause unrest and undermine social harmony, as well as generate animosity.
The controversial blogger frequently posts videos critical of the government and the ruling People’s Action Party. He was convicted in May 2015 of offending the sentiments of Christians in a video comparing Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan-yew with Jesus Christ. He was also convicted for posting an obscene doctored image of Lee and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in a sexual position.
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