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

SINGAPORE — After choosing a courtroom procedure to assist him make 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 than, the 17-yr-vintage on Thursday (Aug 18) raised objections to problems that he perceived would placed 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 a 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.

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

Amos faces six fees of injuring the spiritual feelings of Muslims and Christians, and counts of flouting an order to reveal up at a police station for investigations. Both sets of fees relate to content material he published online between November ultimate yr and may this year.
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On Thursday, he raised his worries over how he had simply acquired the prosecution’s list of witnesses and well-knownshows the day earlier than.

He then asked to adjourn the trial for two months so one can have enough time to put together questions for the move-examination of the witnesses.

But, Deputy Public Prosecutor Hon Yi mentioned that Amos become 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 trial, he could grant him time to recall every witness’ proof first and to border his questions.

Amos had also wondered the relevance of positive contents of a report that become prepared by the prosecution’s first witness from the police cybercrime response team. The document protected facts that the witness was advised to down load from diverse websites, inclusive of from WordPress, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

If convicted of deliberately wounding the non secular emotions of others, Amos could be jailed up to three years and fined. For failing to show up at the police station despite an order, he may be jailed as much as a month and fined as much as S$1,500.