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Late president's grandson denies threat charges in court appearance

TAIPEi--A grandson of the late President Chiang Ching-kuo flatly denied charges Thursday that he threatened to harm Taipei American School (TAS) and its students and faculty.

During a hearing at the Shilin District Court, Andrew Chiang said he never had any intention of intimidating TAS or using illegal means to deal with a conflict he had with the school.

Chiang, a former TAS student who transferred to another school in 2006, was indicted Nov. 28 after he repeatedly made threatening comments against the school, especially its deputy superintendent, via Facebook and e-mail between August and November.

An investigation by prosecutors shows that over the past two years, the 23-year-old had created loud noise disturbances several times on the TAS campus in protest against what he called unfair treatment by the school's deputy superintendent while he was a student there.

On Aug. 21 this year, he turned to Facebook to voice his anger, writing status updates in which he threatened to “slaughter” TAS.

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

In one of his Facebook posts, Chiang described himself as a terrorist and said he hated TAS and believes that the school killed his uncle.

Chiang's lawyer said during the hearing that the Facebook posts were mostly expression of emotions and that some were merely lyrics of pop songs.

Chiang did not directly mention TAS in his posts or circulate them publicly, according to the lawyer.

Chiang is the youngest of three sons of Chiang Hsiao-yung, who died of cancer in 1996 at the age of 48. The senior Chiang himself was the youngest of three sons of Chiang Ching-kuo, who died in 1988 aged 77, and a grandson of the late President Chiang Kai-shek.

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Andrew Chiang (蔣友青), grandson of the late President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), appears in court yesterday. Chiang was alleged of issuing threats to students and faculty of Taipei American School, from which he was expelled almost 8 years ago. (CNA)

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