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Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office bombing suspect nabbed

A car repairman was nabbed yesterday morning on suspicion of bombing the driver’s room of the Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office on July 31, according to the police.

The suspect was identified as Chou Mu-shu, 56, a native of Miaoli County, northern Taiwan.

The police found that Chou was an “old hand” in terms of bombing accidents, as he was involved in several other similar cases in PoAi Special District surrounding the Presidential Office.

Chou told the police that he put a home-made bomb beside the driver’s room of the Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office on the night of July 31, when reporters swarmed the office to cover the prosecution of President Chen Shui-bian’s son-in-law Chao Chien-ming and his father Chao Yu-chu over their alleged involvement in an insider stock trading scandal.

The bomb exploded and started a fire, which, however, was soon extinguished. Speculation of political motives was soon ruled out when Chou called the police on August 1 that the bombing was not designed to target the police but to vent his discontent with the judicial system.

Chou told the police yesterday that he grew up in Tonghsiao Township of Miaoli County, where he learned how to produce a bomb from a firecracker plant in the township .

In 2002, the Taipei District Court sentenced Chou to 10 months in prison for driving after drinking alcohol, violating the public safety statute.

Dissatisfied with the long prosecution process and the final ruling against him, Chou gradually developed his hatred of the judicial system, and took a series of actions to vent his dissatisfaction.

On Sept. 17, 2002, for instance, Chou drove a pickup van fully loaded with firecrackers trying to appeal to the Presidential Office against the court ruling against him.

On August 17, 2004, Chou put a bomb at the south sidewalk of the Kaitakelang Blvd., and on Oct. 10, 2004, he again placed a bomb at the National Taiwan University Hospital station of the MRT system.

In 2005, Chou drove an old BMW car loaded with petition documents to the front of the Presidential Office, trying to submit his petitions to President Chen Shui-bian to allow his Chinese mainland wife to come to reside in Taiwan ahead of schedule.

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