Amos Yee, a 16-year-old Singaporean who was arrested on Sunday for his controversial videos on Lee Kuan Yew and religion, was charged on Tuesday with harassment and hurting religious feelings, which may see him behind bars for three years.
Amos was charged under the Protection from Harassment Act for a YouTube video he posted, in which he celebrated the demise of the city-state's first prime minister even as Singapore was in mourning for a week.
The video, titled "Lee Kuan yew is finally dead", was posted last week, in which Amos reportedly said "good riddance" on Lee's demise, according to The Straits Times.
He also shared an image of Lee which is said to be obscene.
Amos has also been charged with intentionally hurting religious sentiments for an anti-Christianity video, and if found guilty, he will jailed for three years and will have to cough up S$5,000, which is $3,633.
He was released on a bail of S$20,000 on Tuesday on the condition that he will not post any content on social media or any other website.
Amos is not a new face in the YouTube community, and was known for his tongue-in-cheek posts. He was once a child actor in a movie titled "We Not Naughty", according to AFP.
Going by the posts on his Twitter account, Amos seems to be an outspoken teen, and would often post YouTube videos, in which he he is seen talking on different topics.
I am making a Lee Kuan Yew video
— Amos Yee (@amosyee) March 25, 2015
The teen's father has publicly apologised to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for his son's videos.
However, activists have condemned Amos' arrest.
"The arrest of a young blogger for comments made in a video highlights the restrictive environment in which Singaporean journalists are forced to work," Bob Dietz, of the Committee to Protect Journalists' Asia wing told Reuters.
On Twitter, too, netizens were divided on his arrest.
— SpyEast (@SpyEast) March 30, 2015
On the radio, going on about how "horrible" Amos Yee's actions are. Can I just mention we flog and execute people in Singapore? — Kirsten Han (@kixes) March 31, 2015
#Amosyee seems like a super villain in the making.
— Khun Paen (@Decade78) March 31, 2015