Singapore police arrest teen for anti-Christian online comments

By REUTERS
March 31, 2015 04:00

 
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SINGAPORE - A Singapore teenager, who criticized Lee Kuan Yew on social media soon after the former leader's death, has been arrested and will be charged with making "insensitive and disparaging" comments about Christians, police said on Tuesday.

Police did not give the teenager's name, saying only that he was 16, but Singapore's Straits Times newspaper and other media identified him as Amos Yee. The case has reignited concerns about censorship in the Asian financial hub.

In a widely viewed YouTube video, Yee celebrated the death of Singapore's founding father Lee, who died last week aged 91 and was cremated after a state funeral on Sunday. Yee also made insensitive remarks about Christianity in the video, which was seen by hundreds of thousands before it was taken down.

He will be charged on Tuesday with offenses that include intentionally wounding the religious or racial feelings of another person or group, and could face up to three years in jail, police said in a statement.

More than 20 reports about the video had been received, it said.

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