A US judge will decide on the outcome of Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee’s asylum application within the month.
Yee had been arrested for online posts mocking the Singapore government. He sought asylum in December with the US and has been in detention there since he was taken into custody at O’Hare International Airport.
Yee’s lawyers say that Yee has been persecuted based on laws restricting freedom of expression in Singapore. Yee, who is a professed atheist, was jailed twice for expressing comments online which wounded the feelings of Christians and Muslims.
Human rights activists charge that the government clamped down on Amos Yee for criticizing the leaders of the ruling People’s Action Party; Amos had photoshopped an image depicting former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in a lewd sexual caricature with Britain’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Activist and politician Kenneth Jeyaretnam has reportedly flown to the US to testify during Yee’s trial.