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US judge to rule on Amos Yee’s asylum case this month

US judge to rule on Amos Yee’s asylum case this month
Amos Yee arriving at the State Courts on Sept 29, 2016. TODAY file photo
Published: 7:10 AM, March 8, 2017
Updated: 11:51 AM, March 8, 2017

CHICAGO — A Chicago immigration judge will decide this month whether teenage blogger Amos Yee who was arrested for online posts mocking the Singapore government will be granted asylum in the US.

Amos Yee testified at a hearing lasting most of Tuesday (March 7). Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam, secretary-general of the Reform Party, also testified on Yee’s behalf.

The judge plans to issue a written decision within two weeks.

Yee, an atheist, was jailed twice in Singapore on charges of hurting the religious feelings of Christians and Muslims. Human rights groups claim he was harassed by government officials for publicly expressing his views and criticising the Republic’s leaders.

The 18-year-old has been detained since December when he was taken into custody at O’Hare International Airport.

Attorney Sandra Grossman says Yee was persecuted based on laws restricting freedom of expression. AP