Home / Software & Service News / Singaporean blogger detained by U.S. immigration officials

Singaporean blogger detained by U.S. immigration officials

Teen blogger Amos Yee speaks to reporters next to lawyer Nadarajan Kanagavijayan, after hearing his verdict, while leaving the State Courts in Singapore September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Pedja Stanisic


(Reuters) – A Singaporean blogger who has stirred controversy in his home country is being detained by U.S. immigration officials, the Department of Homeland Security said on Friday.

Amos Yee, 18, who was jailed earlier this year in the Southeast Asian city-state, was stopped by customs agents at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Dec. 16 as he sought political asylum in the United States, his mother said.

“Amos is being detained in the US right now. He is seeking political asylum in the US. The matter is now with his lawyers. I will not be speaking to the press or anyone on this matter,” Mary Toh, Yee’s mother, said in a statement posted to Facebook on Friday evening Singapore time.

Yee has been jailed twice in Singapore for online comments. His trials, which have been closely watched by rights groups and the United Nations, have fueled the debate in Singapore over censorship and the limits of free speech.

Yee is in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pending federal immigration court proceedings, Gail Montenegro, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an email.

Montenegro declined to provide further details of why Yee was detained, where he was being held or if he had any legal representation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph Piccirilli also said the agency had “encountered” Yee, but declined further comment.

The Singapore embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In September, Yee pleaded guilty to six charges of deliberately posting comments on the internet – in videos, blog posts and a picture – that were critical of Christianity and Islam. He was sentenced to six weeks in jail.

Last year, Yee was convicted on charges of harassment and insulting a religious group over comments he made about former premier Lee Kuan Yew and Christians soon after Lee’s death. His sentence at the time amounted to four weeks in jail.

(By Timothy Mclaughlin and Renita D. Young. Additional reporting by Fathin Ungku in Singapore; Editing by Andrew Hay)

Click Here For Original Source Of The Article

About Ms. A. C. Kennedy

Ms. A. C. Kennedy
My name is Ms A C Kennedy and I am a Health practitioner and Consultant by day and a serial blogger by night. I luv family, life and learning new things. I especially luv learning how to improve my business. I also luv helping and sharing my information with others. Don't forget to ask me anything!

Check Also

The City of Tomorrow: The future of urban transportation is being built today

TwitterFacebook

Innovation happens when people come together. Nowhere is that more obvious than in our bustling cities around the world. And as resident numbers continue to climb, some of the most populated locations across the globe are faced with the opportunity to not only shape the future — but to design it.

According to a 2014 United Nations report, 54 percent of the world's population resides in urban areas; by 2050 that number is expected to rise to 66 percent. That’s a lot of people.

An increase in population can lead to a whole slew of transportation issues — many of which you probably experience regularly. From congestion on the roads and inefficient traffic patterns to unreliable public transportation and rising commute times, city dwellers know how painful it can be when systems start to fail.
Read more...

More about Supported, Transportation, Future, Innovation, and City Life

css.php