Amos Yee was granted asylum in the United States of America on Friday (24th March) and is expected to be released from the jail in Chicago where he is currently being detained, latest by Monday. [ LINK ]
Attached is the written decision by Immigration Judge Samuel Cole, who granted the asylum to the teenage blogger, for those who maybe interested.
A contentious point raised by Judge Samuel Cole which the Ministry of Home Affairs would surely disagree with is worth noting:
The evidence presented at the hearing demonstrates that Singapore’s prosecution of Yee was a pretext to silence his political opinions critical of the Singapore government.
His prosecution, detention and general maltreatment at the hands of the Singapore authorities demonstrates persecution on account of Yee’s political opinions.
Please click on this link to view/download the pdf file.
Still a Singapore citizen
Although Amos has been granted asylum, he is technically still a Singaporean and is liable for National Service, failing which he may be a wanted man and can be arrested whenever he is in Singapore’s jurisdiction, i.e transit at Changi Airport, in an oversea Singapore embassy, just to name a few.
However, Amos may apply for a Green Card (PR) after one year and remain in the United States of America permanently.