Teenage blogger Amos Yee out on bail

Earlier on Tuesday, Yee was found guilty of uploading an obscene image and making remarks intending to hurt the feelings of Christians on Tuesday, after a two-day trial last week. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Earlier on Tuesday, Yee was found guilty of uploading an obscene image and making remarks intending to hurt the feelings of Christians on Tuesday, after a two-day trial last week. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - Teenage blogger Amos Yee was bailed out by his parents on Tuesday evening after he was convicted of uploading an obscene image and making remarks intending to hurt the feelings of Christians.

At 6.55pm, Yee emerged from remand in a navy shirt and khaki bermudas.

Smiling, he said: "I don't know if I should celebrate my release or mourn my sentence."

The prosecution agreed to reduce the bail sum to $10,000, with no conditions attached. However, he has to remove his YouTube video and an image deemed offensive. The previous bail amount was $30,000 and as part of his bail terms, Yee was not allowed to post anything online.

Earlier on Tuesday, Yee was found guilty of uploading an obscene image and making remarks intending to hurt the feelings of Christians on Tuesday, after a two-day trial last week.

The prosecution has called for a probation report. The 16-year-old needs counselling and probation, said the prosecution.

Sentencing will be on June 2, pending the outcome of the probation report.

The court, on the prosecution's request, acquitted him of a third charge which relates to the Protection from Harassment Act. It accuses him of making an online video containing offensive remarks about the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

When asked by reporters why the prosecution wanted a probation, Deputy Public Prosecutor Hay Hung Chun said: "At 16, 17 years old, I don't think one should be holding the odium of a conviction."

A probation sentence, which is given to youth offenders, will not see them with a conviction record, he noted. He said the focus should be on Yee's "reintegration into society for his good and benefit".

On why bail was lowered to $10,000, when the courts usually increase bail upon an accused's conviction, he said: "It is not in our interest to keep him in remand.