Founder of TRS website Yang Kaiheng expected to plead guilty to sedition charges

​June 22, 2016

​Founder of sociopolitical website, The Real Singapore (TRS), Yang Kaiheng, is expected to plead guilty to six counts of sedition charges on Friday (June 24). 

Yang, 27, had previously denied the charges, and being directly involved in the running of TRS. However, while on trial on April 7, he testified that he had started a Facebook page with his then-girlfriend, Ai Takagi to call for the removal of Tin Pei Ling, a Member of Parliament.

Ai, who is now married to Yang, is currently serving 10 months in prison after being convicted of sedition in May. She had pleaded guilty to doctoring information to increase xenophobia in Singapore. 

Yang had allegedly helped the 23-year-old Ai, an Australian of Japanese descent who is pregnant with the couple's first child, run TRS.

According to Channel NewsAsia, after intially denying that he had intentionally published xenophobic posts targeting foreigners on the website, Yang said that he had lied while under oath after the prosecution "poked holes in his defence".

If found guilty, Yang could be imprisoned for up to three years and/or face a fine of up to $5,000 per charge. 


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