YouTuber Amos Yee, who was charged on Mar 31 after posting a video which contained disparaging remarks against Christians, faces new conditions for bail after his pre-trial conference on Friday (Apr 17).
Yee allegedly flouted his initial bail conditions after he posted an appeal for funds on his blog on Tuesday.
The Court ordered on Friday that police bail be turned into Court bail. Under the new conditions, several posts on Yee’s blog that relate to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Margaret Thatcher have to be made private, together with his YouTube video on the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. In addition, his post asking the public for funds has to be taken down because it is a breach of private content.
Yee also has to report to his Investigation Officer at Bedok Police Station every day at 9am as part of his new bail conditions.
Channel NewsAsia understands that Yee intends to engage a lawyer.
The Court previously granted him a bail amount set at S$20,000 on Mar 31, under the condition that he will not post, upload or otherwise distribute any comment or content, whether directly or indirectly, to any social media or online service or website, while the current case against him is ongoing. The amount was posted, and Yee is out on bail.
Yee’s bail review will be held on Apr 21 at 4pm, while his next pre-trial conference has been scheduled for May 13 at 4pm.
Yee was charged at State Courts on Mar 31. The three charges were under Section 298 and Section 292(1)(a) of the Penal Code, as well as Section 4(1)(b) of the Protection from Harassment Act.
For the first charge under Section 298, the charge sheet stated that the YouTube video created by Yee “contained remarks against Christianity, with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of Christians in general”.
As for the Protection from Harassment Act charge, Yee’s video “contained remarks about Mr Lee Kuan Yew which was intended to be heard and seen by persons likely to be distressed” by the clip, according to the charge sheet.