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'Prosecutor said I didn't have to wound religious feelings to have intended to wound religious feelings.'
Singaporean blogger Amos Yee (余澎杉) has pleaded guilty to three charges of intending to wound religious feelings in a Singapore court.
The 17-year-old, who still faces three more charges for the same crime, earlier pleaded guilty of failing to report to a police station, The Straits Times reports.
The charges for wounding religious feelings relate to comments and posts made on his blog, video blog and Facebook account and could see him jailed for up to three years. The lighter charges carry a maximum penalty of one month's jail and a fine of S$1,500 (US$1,100).
Yee, who has remained active on social media throughout the case, said on Twitter yesterday, “In court right now, prosecutor said I didn't have to wound religious feelings to have intended to wound religious feelings [sic]."
The more serious of the two charges is for “Uttering words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious or racial feelings of any person,” according to the Singapore Penal Code.
The trial started on Aug. 17 and is now expected to take longer than the anticipated four days.
Yee spent about 50 days in jail last year having been found guilty of wounding religious feelings and posting a video and an obscene image online – the doctored image depicted former Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀) and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
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