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Man sentenced to 2 months for online threat against foreign workers
Central News Agency
2014-08-20 10:28 PM
Taipei, Aug 20 (CNA) A man in Taichung was sentenced to two months in prison Wednesday after being found guilty of public intimidation for an online post in May that threatened to set off a petrol bomb in a public square frequented by migrant laborers. The Taichung District Court handed down the sentence as a two-year probation, during which time the 24-year-old man, surnamed Hsieh, must do 60 hours of community service. The sentence can be appealed. "Cheng Chieh is my idol," Hsieh wrote on Facebook on May 22, referring to the suspect accused of the mass stabbing attack on a Taipei Metro train a day earlier. "I'm going to make a plan to kill foreign workers," wrote Hsieh, a 24-year-old security guard at a technology company. The threatening message drew concern after the Taipei Metro attack, and the prosecutors said Hsieh made the threat out of anger because he believed his bicycle had been stolen by a foreign laborer from Southeast Asia. Cheng Chieh has been indicted over the Taipei stabbings, which left four passengers dead and 24 injured. (By Liao Jen-kai and Joanne Hsu)
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