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Amos Yee pleads not guilty to child pornography and grooming in US court – CNA

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CHICAGO: Singaporean blogger Amos Yee pleaded not guilty to all charges related to his arrest for child pornography in a Chicago court on Tuesday (Nov 24), according to court officials.

Yee, who remained on Tuesday in Chicago’s Cook County jail on a US$1 million bond, entered his plea before Judge Carol Howard, nearly three weeks after a grand jury formally indicted him.

In the remote hearing from the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Yee was represented at his arraignment by a public defender. He will next appear on Dec 18, court officials said. 

Yee, who was granted asylum in the United States three years ago, was arrested by US Marshals on Oct 14 at his apartment in Chicago’s Norwood Park East neighbourhood. 

Police charged him with child pornography and grooming, alleging that he had exchanged nude photos with a 14-year-old Texas girl via WhatsApp, court officials confirmed.

The incidents took place between Feb 1 and Jun 30, 2019, they said. He reportedly exchanged “thousands” of texts.

Prosecutors alleged that their relationship had soured, and the girl had reached out to a group “interested in exposing paedophiles”, and Homeland Security officials were notified, the Chicago Sun-Times has reported.

In previous hearings, Yee’s public defender was also reported to have described him as an “Internet troll” who is “all over the Internet saying fantastic things”. Earlier this month, a judge suggested that Lee wished to take the case to trial. 

Prosecutors said there was no way of knowing how long it would take to reach a trial by jury. 

Yee has not yet been able to post the US$100,000 of his US$1 million bond required in order to free him pending trial. If he did so, he would be placed on electronic monitoring, a court spokeswoman said. 

ASYLUM STATUS

In 2015, Yee was jailed in Singapore for hate speech against Christians, as well as for publishing an obscene image. The next year, Yee was jailed again and fined, this time for hate speech against Christians and Muslims.

He was granted asylum in the US in 2017 by a US immigration court despite opposition from the Department of Homeland Security.

If convicted, Yee could lose his asylum status and face deportation.

Singaporean activist Melissa Chen, who lives in New York and previously advocated for Yee, said in an Oct 16 Facebook post that she was told of the allegations and had alerted US Department of Homeland Security. 

Singaporean blogger Amos Yee pleaded not guilty to all charges related to his arrest for child pornography in a Chicago court on Tuesday (Nov 24), …

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Amos Yee mengaku tidak bersalah kerana pornografi kanak-kanak dan dandanan di mahkamah AS

25 Nov 2020 06:28 PG

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Amos Yee

Seorang lelaki Singapura, Amos Yee, yang telah didakwa melakukan pornografi kanak-kanak dan kesalahan dandanan di AS. (Foto: Pejabat Sheriff Cook County)

(Dikemas kini: 25 Nov 2020 06:38 AM)

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CHICAGO: Blogger Singapura Amos Yee mengaku tidak bersalah atas semua tuduhan yang berkaitan dengan penangkapannya kerana pornografi kanak-kanak di mahkamah Chicago pada hari Selasa (24 Nov), menurut pegawai mahkamah.

Yee, yang tinggal pada hari Selasa di penjara Cook County di Chicago dengan bon AS $ 1 juta, mengemukakan pengakuannya di hadapan Hakim Carol Howard, hampir tiga minggu setelah juri besar mendakwa dia secara rasmi.

Dalam pendengaran jarak jauh dari Mahkamah Kriminal Leighton, Yee diwakili dalam pengadilan oleh seorang pembela awam. Dia kemudian akan muncul pada 18 Disember, kata pegawai mahkamah.

Yee, yang diberi suaka di Amerika Syarikat tiga tahun lalu, ditangkap oleh US Marshals pada 14 Oktober di apartmennya di kawasan Norwood Park East Chicago.

Polis menuduhnya dengan pornografi kanak-kanak dan dandanan, dengan tuduhan bahawa dia telah menukar gambar bogel dengan seorang gadis Texas berusia 14 tahun melalui WhatsApp, pegawai mahkamah mengesahkan.

Insiden itu berlaku antara 1 Februari dan 30 Jun 2019, kata mereka. Dia dilaporkan bertukar “ribuan” teks.

Para pendakwa mendakwa bahawa hubungan mereka telah memburuk, dan gadis itu menjangkau sebuah kumpulan “berminat untuk mendedahkan pedofil”, dan para pejabat Keamanan Dalam Negeri diberitahu, Chicago Sun-Times melaporkan.

Dalam perbicaraan sebelumnya, pembela awam Yee juga dilaporkan telah menggambarkannya sebagai “troll Internet” yang “di seluruh Internet mengatakan hal-hal hebat”. Awal bulan ini, seorang hakim mencadangkan agar Lee ingin mengadili kes itu.

Pendakwa mengatakan tidak ada cara untuk mengetahui berapa lama masa yang diperlukan untuk mencapai perbicaraan oleh juri.

Yee belum dapat menghantar bon bernilai AS $ 100,000 daripada AS $ 1 juta yang diperlukan untuk membebaskannya sementara menunggu perbicaraan. Sekiranya dia melakukannya, dia akan diperiksa secara elektronik, kata jurucakap mahkamah.

STATUS ASYLUM

Pada tahun 2015, Yee dipenjara di Singapura kerana ucapan benci terhadap orang Kristian, dan juga kerana menerbitkan gambar lucah. Pada tahun berikutnya, Yee dipenjara lagi dan didenda, kali ini kerana ucapan kebencian terhadap orang Kristian dan Muslim.

Dia diberikan suaka di AS pada tahun 2017 oleh mahkamah imigresen AS walaupun mendapat tentangan dari Jabatan Keselamatan Dalam Negeri.

Sekiranya disabitkan kesalahan, Yee boleh kehilangan status suaka dan dihantar pulang.

Aktivis Singapura Melissa Chen, yang tinggal di New York dan sebelumnya mengadvokasi Yee, mengatakan dalam posting Facebook pada 16 Oktober bahawa dia diberitahu mengenai tuduhan itu dan telah memberi amaran kepada Jabatan Keselamatan Dalam Negeri AS.

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