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US asylum grant is a good thing for Amos Yee: Lawyer Alfred Dodwell

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By Phyllis Lee

Mr Alfred Dodwell, one of the three lawyers who represented Amos Yee pro bono for his 2015 court case, is happy that the 18-year-old blogger was finally granted asylum in the United States of America.

The lawyer from Dodwell & Co LLC told The Independent:

“His mindset and thoughts as a teenager is very different from most other teenagers in Singapore. With that mindset and thought process, he is liable to get into more trouble in Singapore. For instance, his strong views on religion is a no-no in Singapore. Overall, it was a good thing for him.”

He also revealed that he wasn’t surprised that Amos left Singapore to seek asylum.

“It did seem as if he was leaning towards leaving. I think he was increasingly finding that they [the Singapore system] were not very tolerable of his views.”

Last December, Amos Yee fled to the US to seek political asylum. Despite opposition from the Department of Homeland Security, he was granted asylum by a US immigration court on Tuesday (Sept 26).

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