Aug 18 date set for Amos Yee’s criminal case

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SINGAPORE: The Singapore District Court today set for Thursday (Aug 18) a criminal case resolution (CCR) of a case involving a teenage blogger, the Straits Times reported.

The report said the CCR, implemented in 2011, provides a neutral forum, facilitated by a judge, for parties to explore the possibility of early resolution of criminal cases.

It aims to save resources by reducing the chances of an accused person pleading guilty on the day of the trial or once it has started, it said.

The report said the 17-year-old faces six charges of intending to wound the feelings of Muslims or Christians – via five videos and a photo – and two counts of failing to report to the Jurong police division for investigations.

The report said the alleged offences were committed between November last year and May this year.

The report said that at the start of the trial, the blogger, who does not have a lawyer, confirmed that he was contesting all eight charges.

However, before the first witness was called, he told District Judge Lim Tse Haw that he wanted “to take a certain course”, said the report.

The report said the blogger, who has had five pre-trial conferences with the prosecution since he was charged in May, said he had only recently found out about the CCR process.

The report said the maximum punishment for deliberately wounding the religious feelings of any person is three years jail and a fine; and for failing to present oneself pursuant to a notice or order from a public servant is one month’s jail and a SGD1,500 fine.