Man charged for sending bullets to PM Lee, Taiwan politicians

The Taiwan ex-criminal sent the bullets to Singapore's PM Lee (right) as well as Taiwan politicians such as President Ma Ying Jeou (middle), Taipei mayor Hau Lung Pin (left) and former president Lee Teng Hui (not in photo).

KAOHSIUNG - A man has been charged in a Kaohsiung court after he allegedly sent envelopes containing bullets to several politicians, including Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The Kaohsiung district prosecutors' office yesterday said the man, identified by only his surname Yang, 46, has a criminal record including theft and family violence, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. He was jailed for 50 days last year after he was caught stealing electricity from power lines, the report said.

Unhappy with the jail term, he collected spent bullet casings and cartridges and then sent them to people including President Ma Ying-jeou, Taipei mayor Hau Lung-pin and former president Lee Teng- hui. All the items were intercepted by post office staff.

In February this year, Yang allegedly sent similar items in an envelope addressed to Singapore's leader.

On Monday, PM Lee's press secretary Chang Li Lin, in response to media queries, confirmed that an envelope containing nine projectiles was sent to him in February.

The Singapore police force and their Taiwanese counterparts have been cooperating on the investigations, Ms Chang said. "As the matter is now before the Taiwanese Courts, we cannot comment further until the legal process is completed," she added.

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