Serial protestor who demonstrated outside US embassy given maximum jail term
SINGAPORE - A serial protestor who held illegal demonstrations nine times in six years was sentenced to a maximum jail term of 12 months, just 18 days after he was out of jail for similar offences.
Yan Jun, a 46-year-old Singaporean, was also jailed an additional 53 days after he committed the latest offences during his remission order, according to a report by The Straits Times. He will serve an additional six months in jail as he was unable to pay the $5,000 fine imposed on him.
On 12 June, Yan protested and displayed placards in front of the US embassy at Napier Road against the governments of Singapore, the US and Canada. He had also notified media outlets and some authorities ahead of his planned protest.
In addition to the US embassy, Yan has demonstrated at locations including outside the Istana and Raffles Place MRT station since 2016.
Among the individuals he has targeted during his protests include Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, Court of Appeal Judge Chao Hick Tin, and Commissioner of Prisons Desmond Chin.
"It is striking that this is the ninth occasion the accused is being convicted for similar offences within a short span of less than five years,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor Sean Teh, who urged the court to impose the maximum punishment on Yan, according to the ST report.
DPP Teh said Yan’s offending was contributed by his delusional disorder.
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