Amos Yee will know his fate in 2 weeks' time if political asylum bid successful

Opposition politician Kenneth Jeyaretnam testified at the hearing in Chicago.

Belmont Lay | March 08, 2017, 10:03 PM

Infamous Singaporean teenager and former Jack Neo movie child actor Amos Yee will know his fate soon if he is going to stay in the United States or face deportation.

A Chicago immigration judge is expected to deliver a decision on Yee's application for political asylum in US in two weeks' time.

A closed door hearing on March 7 reportedly took seven hours, with Yee testifying for two hours, according to The Straits Times.

Grossman Law, the law firm representing the 18-year-old Singaporean, tweeted about the hearing, which had Kenneth Jeyaretnam, secretary-general of the Reform Party, testifying on Yee’s behalf.

Jeyaretnam was in court to explain about the government and how laws are used in Singapore.

The court would have to decide if Yee, who had served two jail terms in Singapore for wounding religious feelings, was legitimately prosecuted for violating Singapore law or was persecuted for his speech.

The basis of his case has been mired in some complications in recent weeks, as President Donald Trump issued executive orders barring refugees from entering the country.

Yee is detained in the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility in Woodstock, Illinois.

He has been detained since arriving in the US on Dec. 16, 2016.

In late February, Yee's mother confirmed on Facebook that her son had been held in solitary confinement for two weeks "for ‘criticising Islam in Muslim Studies’ in America, McHenry County Jail".

Despite being behind bars, Yee has had some access to his social media platforms and has been posting with the help of Melissa Chen, a Singaporean human rights activist who is now a legal permanent resident of the US.

Chen had helped Yee go to the US and has corresponded with the public on his behalf via the teenager’s Facebook page.

If Yee fails in his political asylum bid, he faces the prospect of being deported from Trump’s America.


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