Singapore teen blogger seeks US asylum

Amos Yee, 18, a filmmaker turned activist who served two jail terms in Singapore for his controversial videos, has been detained by US authorities since he arrived in Chicago airport in mid December.

Singapore teen blogger seeks US asylum

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A Singaporean teenager who became notorious for profanity-laced attacks on the city's revered late leader Lee Kuan Yew is seeking political asylum in the US, his lawyer said Thursday.

Maryland-based lawyer Sandra Grossman expects Yee to face an immigration judge within a fortnight.

"According to current processing times, Amos should have an initial master calendar hearing within two weeks," Grossman told AFP in an email.

During the initial court hearing Yee will have the opportunity to file for asylum, she said.

A full hearing on his application will be held six to eight weeks later.

"If the judge grants asylum, Amos will become an 'asylee' and will be able to obtain his residency within one year," she said, adding that appeals can be made if asylum is denied.

Grossman, who is representing Yee free of charge, called the case "worthwhile" because of the issues involved.

"This is a case that will force us to look at our own national interest in free speech," she said.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed Yee was in custody pending federal immigration court proceedings.

"Amos Pang Sang Yee, 18, a national of Singapore, was encountered Dec. 16 by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. He was subsequently turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)," a spokeswoman said in a statement.

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