Accused teen blogger Amos Yee needs more time to prepare questions for very own defence


SINGAPORE — After choosing a courtroom procedure to assist him in making up his thoughts approximately his trial, teenage blogger Amos Yee decided to fight the eight prices pending against him. As he did the day earlier, the 17-yr-vintage on Thursday (Aug 18) raised objections to problems that he perceived would place him at a drawback, including how he received the prosecution’s list of witnesses and evidence simplest on Wednesday.

Amos, who isn’t always represented by an attorney, in advance asked to go for Criminal Case Resolution, a court docket technique where an accused character may additionally ask for an illustration of his possible sentences in a closed-door meeting with prosecutors, presided over through a senior district judge.

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The assembly happened Thursday morning and became unsuccessful, so the trial resumed.

Amos faces six fees of injuring Muslims and Christians’ spiritual feelings and counts of flouting to reveal up at a police station for investigations. Both sets of costs related to content material he published online between November and May this year. On Thursday, he raised his worries over how he had acquired the prosecution’s list of witnesses and well-known shows the day earlier. He then asked to adjourn the trial for two months to have enough time to put together questions for the witnesses’ move-examination.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Hon Yi mentioned that Amos is going through costs under the Magistrates’ Arrest Instances, where the prosecution isn’t required beneath the regulation to offer the statistics months ahead of the trial. Even as District Judge Lim Tse Haw did now not accede to the youngster’s request to adjourn the problem, he could grant him time to recall every witness’ proof first and to border his questions. Amos had also wondered about the

relevance of the positive contents of a report prepared by the prosecution’s first witness from the police cybercrime response team. The document protected facts that the witness was advised to download from diverse websites, including WordPress, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. If convicted of deliberately wounding others’ nonsecular emotions, Amos could be jailed for up to three years and fined. For failing to show up at the police station despite an order, he may be detained as much as a month and fined as much as S$1,500.