Taiwanese who mailed bullets to PM Lee jailed

Taiwanese who mailed bullets to PM Lee jailed
Envelope containing nine discarded bullets and three spent cartridges reached Prime Minister Lee's office in Singapore.

KAOHSIUNG - A Taiwanese man was sentenced to 55 days in jail for criminal intimidation after he sent envelopes containing bullets to several Taiwanese political leaders as well as Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, local media reported yesterday.

The envelope addressed to Mr Lee was sent in February last year. It contained nine discarded bullets and three spent casings.

The man, 46, identified by only his surname Yang, had been jailed earlier for 50 days for stealing electricity from his neighbour's power lines, according to the Liberty Times newspaper.

Unhappy with the jail term, Yang collected as many as 400 discarded bullets, spent casings and cartridges and sent them in 2012 to political leaders including Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, Taipei mayor Hau Lung-pin and former president Lee Teng-hui, reported the newspaper.

But the objects for the Taiwanese leaders did not reach their addresses as they were discovered by post offices.

Those intended for Mr Lee did reach his office in Singapore, which contacted the Taiwanese police through Interpol to help track down the sender, said the newspaper.

According to Yang, he had wanted to seek Mr Lee's help in correcting what he saw as the "injustice" in his previous jail sentence.

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