The police filed charges in court against a 16-year-old Singaporean boy, whom they arrested for insulting Singapore’s late founding father Lee Kuan Yew online.
The boy, identified by local media as Amos Yee, is charged in court with “wounding” religious feelings, harassment and circulating obscene content online, the police said.
Yee was arrested after he posted a YouTube video filled with expletive attacking Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity.
“We received more than 20 reports regarding an online video that contained, in part, insensitive and disparaging remarks against Christians,” the police statement said.
The statement also announced the arrest of the 16-year-old Singaporean boy and the subsequent filing of charges against him.
Police said Yee faces three separate charges, including for actions that have deliberate intention of wounding the religious or racial feelings of any person.
In the video posted on YouTube, Lee launched a tirade against Christianity and likened Lee Kuan Yew to Jesus Christ.
“Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person… everyone is scared, everyone is afraid that if they say something like that they might get into trouble,” the 16-year-old boy said on the video.
“But I am going to compare him with someone that people haven’t really mentioned before – Jesus… They are both power-hungry and malicious but deceive others into thinking they are compassionate and kind,” Yee said on the online video. – BusinessNewsAsia.com