Amos Yee Wants Bail Conditions Reviewed As It Amounts To Gag Order

A bail review for teenage blogger Amos Yee will be heard on Wednesday morning at the High Court.

Yee’s lawyer Alfred Dodwell told The Straits Times that his 16-year-old client will be challenging the conditions of his bail, which do not allow him to post anything online.

Mr Dodwell said that at present, the bail conditions amount to a gag order and infringes on his client’s constitutional right to freedom of speech.

“The reason why he is sitting in prison today is because he has a fundamental problem with the bail conditions. He feels that they are just wrong,” said Mr Dodwell.

Yee was sent back to remand at Changi Prison last Thursday, and has stayed there since, after his bailor discharged himself and the court raised the bail amount to $30,000 from $20,000.

The day before Yee had written two blog posts titled “The Ridiculous Terms of my Bail” and “My Abusive Father”. He shared them on Facebook on Thursday morning.

Both actions breached the terms of his bail. During Thursday’s pre-trial conference, District Judge Kessler Soh asked Yee to take down his latest posts, but he refused. The judge then raised the bail amount.

Meanwhile, Yee’s two-day trial is set to begin on Thursday.

He faces charges of attacking Christianity and transmitting an obscene image.



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