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Wellington Koo latest recipient of threatening package
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-02-27 05:26 PM
Lawyer Wellington Koo, a candidate for the DPP nomination for Taipei City mayor, is the latest victim of a suspected shakedown attempt involving ordinary mail envelopes containing mealworms and the paper money burned in Buddhist rites for the dead. Like a similar mailing delivered received by Din Tai Fung restaurant in Taipei, the envelope bore a printed name and return address in the Xinxing District of Kaohsiung but did not contain a message or anything other than the worms and paper money. Kaohsiung police have lifted several fingerprints from the letters and will examine them for clues.

Music platform KKBOX told police they had received a similar letter addressed to singer Jam Hsiao a couple of days ago. The envelope contained paper money and a computer printout declaring, "I can sponsor your company with NT$10 million, let’s talk, I can join your company as a shareholder, but please forward this letter to the hands of Jam Hsiao." That particular letter was sent from Taichung City.

On February 21 the Warner Music Group in Taipei also received an envelope addressed to Hsiao and containing paper money and mealworms; The mailings to Din Tai Fung, Koo Li-hsiung and Warner Music all came in plain white envelopes with a printed name and address, three stamps and the same postmark. Mailed from the same area of Kaohsiung, they appear to be the work of the same person.

Koo’s letter was reportedly delivered to the office of his law firm last Friday. A secretary opened the envelope and discovered the mealworms. She put the letter in a plastic bag and informed Koo, and the next day the incident was reported to the police.

Because Hsiao, Din Tai Fung and Koo have no obvious points in common and all say they have had no disputes with anyone, police speculate that the letters are either part of an intimidation effort against victims picked at random or are simply a prank. Investigators are checking fingerprints on the letters and other evidence and will view discs of data from about 200 cameras monitoring mailboxes in Kaohsiung.

Koo told reporters Thursday morning that many people have received such abusive and threatening letters from anonymous sources and nothing came of it, so he is not overly worried about the incident. He declined to comment on whether it may have been meant to intimidate him or merely a harmless prank.

Ko Wen-je, who has declared himself an independent candidate in the Taipei mayor election, told media he has received too many bizarre letters to count. He said he simply tosses them in the trash. He noted that in ways Taiwan society is not so civilized, and there are all kinds of people and sometimes there may be violence.

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