Self-proclaimed genius Amos Yee, who has the audacity to insult the supposed founding father and show the middle finger to the powers that be in Singapore has been granted asylum to remain in the United States of America (USA).
The US Department of Homeland Security had opposed Amos’s asylum application, but the immigration judge ruled in the teenager’s favour.
According to Grossman Law, the law firm representing Amos on a pro-bono basis, the Immigration Judge Samuel Cole granted Amos asylum after he concluded that the Singapore Government “persecuted Yee on account of his political opinion”.
In his 13-page decision, Judge Samuel Cole ruled that Amos has “met his burden of showing that he suffered past persecution on account of his political opinion and has a well-founded fear of future persecution in Singapore.”
Accordingly, this court grants his application for asylum.
The Immigration Judge also found Amos and his two witnesses, one of whom is Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam, leader of the opposition Reform Party, “credible” and that the applicant had established he “suffered past persecution on account of his political opinion”.
The Department of Homeland Security has not rebutted the presumption that he has a well-founded fear of future prosecution, Judge Samuel Cole added.
With the latest ruling, Amos, who has been detained in a jail in Chicago since December 2016, is expected to be released on Monday (27th March).
The Department of Homeland Security has 30 days (till 24th April) to appeal the Judge’s decision, failing which the decision will be final.
Amos was sentenced in July 2015 to four weeks’ jail for wounding the religious feelings of Christians and Muslims, and was sentenced to another six week’s jail for the same offence in September 2016.
The right to free speech is sacred
In a statement released on the same day, Amos’ lawyer, Ms Sandra Grossman applauded the Judge’s decision .
The right to free speech is sacred, even when such speech is considered offensive.