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Chiang grandson indicted on charges of threatening school

By Chris Wang  /  Staff reporter

Andrew Chiang (蔣友青), the grandson of former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), was indicted yesterday for allegedly making threats against Taipei American School (TAS) and its vice principal.

The 23-year-old son of Chiang Ching-kuo’s youngest son, Chiang Hsiao-yung (蔣孝勇), was charged with disturbing public peace and threatening to cause injury to others, according to Article 151 and Article 305 of the Criminal Code, Shihlin District Prosecutors’ Office spokesperson Su Pei-yu (蘇佩鈺) said.

He was accused of making several comments allegedly disseminated via Facebook and e-mail since August stating his intention to do harm to the school, and especially its administrators.

In his comments, Andrew Chiang, a former TAS student, apparently threatened to kill the entire school staff and place bombs in the school.

The Shihlin District Court released Andrew Chiang on bail of NT$80,000 (US$2,700) on Nov. 8 and issued a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting and harassing staff or students of the school as well as witnesses.

Andrew Chiang said the school “slandered” him and “blew his words out of proportion” after he got into an argument with the school over a sports injury he sustained while a student there.

The youngest of three sons of Chiang Hsiao-yung and Chiang Fang Chi-yi (蔣方智怡), a current member of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Central Committee, Andrew Chiang was born in 1990 in Canada, the country his parents emigrated to after Chiang Ching-kuo died in early 1988.

Andrew Chiang has spent most of his life in the US and had only appeared in the news when attending weddings or funerals in Taiwan, including his grandmother Chiang Fang-liang’s (蔣方良) funeral in 2004.

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