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Chiang Kai-shek descendant to appear in court Dec.19
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-12-06 05:09 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Andrew Chiang, a great-grandson of the late President Chiang Kai-shek indicted for making threats against the Taipei American School, will see his court case hold its first hearing December 19, the Shilin District Court announced Friday.

The 23-year-old grandson of late President Chiang Ching-kuo was summoned for questioning in early November as the news emerged that he had used the Internet to make threats against the school, its vice principal, and teachers and students in general. In addition to 17 Facebook postings, he had also sent four e-mails to staff from August to early November.

He was released on bail of NT$80,000 (US$2,700) but barred from approaching the school campus in the Tianmu area or its officials and staff.

In mostly English-language comments posted online, Chiang apparently threatened to kill managers and teachers and place bombs inside the school.

Speaking to reporters on several occasions after the incident, Chiang said his quarrel with TAS stemmed from a sports injury he sustained while he was still a student there, but he was also expelled. He denied having the intention of bombing the school, and said his postings had been misinterpreted and blown out of proportion.

He was indicted on November 28 for disturbing public order and threatening the safety of others.

Chiang has two high-profile elder brothers, top designer Demos Chiang and Edward Chiang. Andrew was born in Canada in 1990 as his parents emigrated after the death of President Chiang Ching-kuo in 1988.

The brothers’ father, Chiang Hsiao-yung died of throat cancer in 1996 at the age of 47, and their mother, Chiang Fang Chi-yi, later became active inside the ruling Kuomintang.

It was not immediately known if Andrew Chiang would appear in court December 19 or whether his attorney would represent him.

After the alleged threats against TAS became public, Demos Chiang issued a statement which was interpreted by the media as an attempt to distance himself from his youngest brother.

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