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Chiang’s grandson avoids prison

ENRAGED ALUMNUS:Andrew Chiang, grandson of Chiang Ching-kuo, had his prison term commuted to a NT$183,000 fine after making threats against the Taipei American School

Staff writer, with CNA

A grandson of former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) yesterday paid a NT$183,000 fine in lieu of serving jail time after he was convicted of making threats against Taipei American School (TAS).

Andrew Chiang (蔣友青), 24, a former TAS student who transferred out of the private school in 2006, was indicted in November 2013 after he repeatedly made threatening remarks against the school and its faculty, particularly the deputy superintendent, on Facebook and in e-mails, between August and November of that year.

An investigation by prosecutors found that for two years, Andrew Chiang had been making loud noises near the TAS campus in Tianmu to create disturbances to protest what he called unfair treatment by the school’s deputy superintendent while he was a student.

On Aug. 21, 2013, he threatened on Facebook to “slaughter” people at the school.

He also sent e-mails from his home to the TAS deputy superintendent threatening to “ruin his life and throw him into jail,” prosecutors said.

Andrew Chiang denied the charges, saying that the Facebook posts were just emotional outbursts and that some were simply lyrics he copied from pop songs.

However, in December last year, he was sentenced to six months in prison by the Shilin District Court. The sentence could be commuted into a fine.

Andrew Chiang appealed, but later withdrew his appeal.

The court case was closed in March.

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