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Man arrested for threatening to kill Ma: CIB

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A suspect was arrested by New Taipei police on June 20 for threatening to kill President Ma Ying-jeou and several ruling lawmakers, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事局) said.

In a released statement, the CIB said the suspect, surnamed Huang, 35, had allegedly sent a total of 22 letters to the Presidential Office, as well as to a number of ruling Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers and Taipei and New Taipei city councilors' offices since mid-May.

In the letters, Huang threatened to kill the president as well as the lawmakers and councilors in question, the CIB said.

One of the lawmakers, surnamed Liao (廖), later reported the case to police. An ad hoc investigative team was promptly formed to probe the case.

Initial evidence found by the team revealed Huang to be the chief suspect behind the offences the CIB said. New Taipei police authorities made the arrest on June 20 at Huang's residence in Yonghe District, New Taipei City.

During interrogation, Huang confessed that he made the threats out of his dissatisfaction toward the ruling KMT administration.

Huang expressed regret and apologized for his behavior, the CIB said.

The case is now being referred to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office for further investigation.

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