Former chairman of Reform Party Charles Yeo charged with hurting religious feelings of Christians
The former chairman of the Reform Party, Charles Yeo, was on Wednesday (Jan 19) charged with wounding the religious feelings of the Christian community with remarks he allegedly made on his Instagram and Facebook pages.
He was also charged with posting a series of Instagram stories that contained abusive remarks about a specific police officer.
Yeo was handed six charges in all for purported acts carried out between November 2020 and February last year.
The lawyer's post on his Instagram page @toxicstatenarrativeinsg on November 2020 was allegedly made to wound the religious feelings of "Christians who view homosexuality as contrary to their religious beliefs".
Another two charges were for attempting to commit the same offence on Feb 23 and Feb 26 last year.
He is said to have also made "an abusive communication" towards a public servant - Deputy Superintendent of Police Jonathan Auyong - on Jan 11 last year.
Two other charges in relation to the officer involved threatening communication and insulting communication.
Court documents did not reveal any of the remarks.
The court heard that Yeo will be disputing charges related to wounding religious feelings. He will return to court for a pre-trial conference on Feb 25.
Yeo is also being investigated for his alleged role in a case of criminal breach of trust and forgery, a probe the 31-year-old had claimed was politically motivated.
Police rejected the claim in a statement on Saturday.
The Reform Party in a Facebook post on Jan 16 said that it had accepted Yeo’s offer to step down as chairman until the matters are resolved. Ms Yasmine Valentina, a member of the party’s central executive committee, was appointed acting chair.
If convicted of making abusive remarks towards a public servant, Yeo could be fined up to $5,000 and jailed for up to a year.
Uttering words with the deliberate intent to hurt the religious feelings of another carries a maximum penalty of three years' jail and a fine.