Singapore charges teen for video attacking Lee, Christianity


SINGAPORE (AP) - A court in Singapore on Tuesday charged a teenager over a video he posted online that was critical of the nation's late founder and Christianity.

In the eight-minute clip that was posted on YouTube, 16-year-old Amos Yee Pang Sang said that Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, and Jesus Christ were both "malicious," among other disparaging comments.

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Amos Yee (R), a 16-year-old student, and his mother leave the State courts in Singapore on March 31, 2015. The Singaporean teenager arrested for posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking Christianity and the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew will be charged in court with 'wounding' religious feelings, harassment and circulating obscene content, police said. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Amos Yee (R), a 16-year-old student, arrives with his father at the State courts in Singapore on March 31, 2015. The Singaporean teenager arrested for posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking Christianity and the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew will be charged in court with 'wounding' religious feelings, harassment and circulating obscene content, police said. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The video has been taken off Yee's YouTube channel, but copies continue to circulate on social media.

Yee was arrested Sunday, the same day the country held an elaborate state funeral for Lee, who died March 23 at age 91. He was charged Tuesday with three offenses - two for insulting Christianity and the late statesman, and another for allegedly transmitting online an "obscene representation."

The teen, who had previously made local headlines with his controversial and opinionated videos, faces jail time of up to three years if found guilty. He was freed on bail, but has been ordered to stop posting any content online pending the outcome of his case.

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Members of the public move towards Parliament House to pay their respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Free-to-use umbrellas for mourners waiting in line are seen returned on railings as members of the public reach a security point to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew who lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public queue up to pay their respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
People return official umbrellas before entering Parliament House to pay their respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public queue up to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public queue up to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public queue up to pay their respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
An elderly man goes though a security check before paying his respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (L) and his wife Ho Ching (3rd L) leads Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (2nd L) and wife Rosmah Mansor (4th L) to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as he lies in state at Parliament House for public viewing ahead of his funeral in Singapore on March 26, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / Roslan RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public queue near Cavenagh bridge at dusk to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House where he will lie in state for public viewing ahead of his funeral in Singapore on March 25, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public queue on Cavenagh bridge at dusk to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House where he will lie in state for public viewing ahead of his funeral in Singapore on March 25, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23.. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore, speaks during a session at the 17th International Conference on 'The Future of Asia' in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, May 26, 2011. The conference is hosted by Nikkei Inc. and the Japan Center for Economic Research. Photographer: Kimimasa Mayama/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Tributes postered on the board is seen outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government said. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
People pay tribute outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government said. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl writes a well-wishing message on a board at the Tanjong Pagar community centre in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture of elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew and messages are placed outside the Singapore General Hospital where he remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A poster of elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew is surrounded by messages of support and flowers outside the Singapore General Hospital where he remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 21, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew 'has worsened', the government said, as the critically ill founding leader of the city-state entered his seventh week in hospital. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man looks at flowers and messages outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 21, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew 'has worsened', the government said, as the critically ill founding leader of the city-state entered his seventh week in hospital. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
A Singaporean family pay their respects when placing flowers and messages outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 21, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew 'has worsened', the government said, as the critically ill founding leader of the city-state entered his seventh week in hospital. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl writes a well-wishing message on a board at the Tanjong Pagar community centre in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl writes a well-wishing message on a board at the Tanjong Pagar community centre in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A pedestrian walks past a banner displaying an image of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew at his port constituency of Tanjong Pagar in Singapore on March 17, 2015. Lee's health has worsened due to an infection after nearly six weeks in hospital, the government said on March 17. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
MEIZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT) The picture shows ancestral home of Singapore's former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Dangxi Village on February 27, 2015 in Meizhou, Guangdong province of China. The ancestral home of Lee Kuan Yew was named 'Zhonghandi' which was built in 1884 (also known as the reign of Emperor Guangxu in Qing Dynasty) by his great-grandfather Li Muwen. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
MEIZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT) The picture shows ancestral home of Singapore's former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Dangxi Village on February 27, 2015 in Meizhou, Guangdong province of China. The ancestral home of Lee Kuan Yew was named 'Zhonghandi' which was built in 1884 (also known as the reign of Emperor Guangxu in Qing Dynasty) by his great-grandfather Li Muwen. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
MEIZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT) The picture shows ancestral home of Singapore's former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Dangxi Village on February 27, 2015 in Meizhou, Guangdong province of China. The ancestral home of Lee Kuan Yew was named 'Zhonghandi' which was built in 1884 (also known as the reign of Emperor Guangxu in Qing Dynasty) by his great-grandfather Li Muwen. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on August 6, 2013, elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew attends the launch of his new book on international affairs, at the Istana Presidential Palace in Singapore. Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit of Singapore General Hospital, the Prime Minister's Office said on March 20. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Copies of a new book by Singaporean elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew (unseen) are seen on sale after the launch at the Istana Presidential Palace in Singapore on August 6, 2013. Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is widely credited with transforming Singapore from an economic backwater to one of Asia's fastest-growing economies. AFP PHOTO/MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 09: Minister Mentor of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew attends the National Day Parade at the Float at Marina Bay on August 9, 2014 in Singapore. Singapore celebrates it's 49th birthday with a parade theme of 'Our People, Our Home'. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew (R) attends the launch of his new book on international affairs, at the Istana Presidential Palace in Singapore on August 6, 2013. Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is widely credited with transforming Singapore from an economic backwater to one of Asia's fastest-growing economies. AFP PHOTO/MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
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