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Singapore teen charged after offending late leader Lee Kuan Yew

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SINGAPORE —

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.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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