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Singapore teen charged after offending late leader Lee Kuan Yew

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A teenager in Singapore has been arrested for posting an expletive laden YouTube video attacking Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern edge Singapore who passed on March 23, and Christianity.

A 16-year-old, who appeared in a video that criticized Lee Kuan Yew, was arrested because of comments that belittled Christianity, according to Singaporean police and local news reports.

A district court on Tuesday charged 16-year-old Amos Yee with jailable offenses including indecency and offending but released him on Sg$20,000 ($14,500) bail.

The student smiled and fidgeted as the alleged offenses were read to him in court, AFP reported.

In the eight-minute video titled “Lee Kuan Yew is finally dead”, Yee celebrated the death of Singapore’s founding father Lee, who died last week, aged 91 and was cremated after a state funeral on Sunday.

Yee also made insensitive remarks about Christianity in the video, which was seen by hundreds of thousands before it was taken down.

He called Lee, who did not profess any religion, a “horrible person” and challenged the former leader’s son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, to sue him.

Yee then went ahead to compare Lee with Jesus, calling both “power-hungry and malicious”.

If convicted the teenager the teenager could face up to three years in prison, police said in a statement.

-Agencies

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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