Singapore blogger Yee still detained despite winning US asylum case

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 7:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 7:03am

A teenage blogger from Singapore who was granted US asylum remains detained in a Wisconsin facility with few clues when he’ll be released.

A Chicago immigration judge granted Amos Yee’s asylum request Friday. The 18-year-old came to the US after blog posts criticising his government landed him in jail.

The judge ruled there was evidence showing Yee suffered persecution in Singapore and had a “well-founded fear” of being persecuted upon return.

Attorney Sandra Grossman initially said Yee could be released Monday. Her office said Wednesday it appears Yee will stay detained while federal authorities consider appealing. Some immigration experts say that’s unusual.

Teenage Singaporean blogger Amos Yee granted asylum in US

Department of Homeland Security attorneys have 30 days to file an appeal. They declined comment.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the agency doesn’t comment on pending cases.