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Amos Yee detained in the US

Amos Yee detained in the US
Amos Yee. TODAY file photo
Published: 8:55 PM, December 23, 2016
Updated: 9:33 AM, December 24, 2016

SINGAPORE — Teenage blogger Amos Yee has been detained in the United States, wrote his mother Mary Toh on Facebook on Friday (Dec 23).

Madam Toh said Yee was seeking political asylum in the US. "The matter is now with his lawyers. I will not be speaking to the press or anyone on this matter," she added.

Responding to queries from TODAY, the United States’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that an “Amos Pang Sang Yee” from Singapore had been "encountered" on Dec 16 by US Customs and Border Protection at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Yee was subsequently turned over to ICE and will remain in custody pending federal immigration court proceedings.

ICE's website lists Yee to be currently detained at the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility, which is about an hour’s drive from Chicago. The site did not state the reason for his detainment.

In September, Yee was sentenced to six weeks’ jail and fined S$2,000 for using offensive and insulting words, and profane gestures to hurt the feelings of Christians and Muslims. In July last year, he was sentenced to four weeks’ jail for similar charges.