FILE - In this May, 12, 2015, file photo, Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee speaks to reporters while leaving the Subordinate Courts after being released on bail in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
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A blogger from Singapore who was jailed for his online posts blasting his government was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge ruled.Judge Samuel Cole issued a 13-page decision Friday, more than two weeks after Yee's closed-door hearing on the asylum application.Yee left Singapore with the intention of seeking asylum in the U.S. after being jailed for several weeks in 2015 and 2016 .Singapore's government criticized the decision.U.S.-based Human Rights Watch applauded the asylum decision.Yee's attorney Sandra Grossman said her client was elated.Department of Homeland Security attorneys had opposed the asylum bid, saying Yee's case didn't qualify as persecution based on political beliefs. It was unclear whether they'd appeal the decision or if Yee would have to remain imprisoned if they did.
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