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Investigators catch up with Internet `bomber'

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) yesterday announced that Chen Kuo-liang (陳國樑), a Tai-wanese citizen currently residing in the US, is suspected of threatening to bomb the Taipei Railway Station and the Presidential Office building last week.

Police said Chen, 38, born in Taipei, went to the US in 1993, and was granted a green card in 2003.

He currently lives in Union City, California, running an advertising and real estate business, said the CIB.

The threatening messages were posted on a message board on the Yahoo Web site on Saturday last week. Police identified Chen through Internet Place.

Police said Chen posted a total of ten messages on the Yahoo Web site. The first four were posted using the Internet at his home and his office in Union City. Five others were posted using Internet access at a Japanese airport, while the final post was made from an Internet cafe in Shanghai.

"The locations where the Internet was used and the time he posted the messages matched his whereabouts," the commissioner of the CIB Huang Mao-sui (黃茂穗) told the press yesterday.

Police said Chen would be charged with obstruction of safety with malicious threats.

Police said they have interviewed Chen by phone, but he denied having orchestrated the event.

Chen, who currently runs a business tour service in Shanghai, yesterday told a Taiwanese TV cable news that he was innocent.

He said he was angry at the CIB for alleging he committed the crime.

"I will sue the police if they do not apologize for this insult to my reputation," he said in a news clip broadcasted by ETTV.

Police tightened security around the Taipei Railway Station and the Presidential Office building last Saturday and Sunday after messages were posted on a Web site threatening to bomb and set fire to the two locations.

The messages contained instructions on how to make bombs and also said that bombs had been placed at Taipei Railway Station.

The messages also called for military personnel to leave their units and launch an attack on the government.

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