Man arrested for threatening Taipei City councilor granted bail

A man who was arrested after being suspected of making a threatening phone call to Taipei City Councilor Wang Hung-wei's (???) office was granted bail of NT$50,000 (US$1,629) after being questioned by prosecutors on Thursday.

Wang, who has been nominated as the main opposition Kuomintang's (KMT) candidate for a legislative by-election in Taipei's third electoral district, said Wednesday that her office assistant received a phone call on the previous day, warning Wang not to talk about underworld gangs or else he might "fire a gun."

Wang's office then reported the threat later on Tuesday to the Taipei Police Department's Xinyi Precinct.

A special task force formed by the police precinct tracked down a man surnamed Tsai (?), 65, in Kaohsiung's Sanmin District through his mobile phone number.

Police then headed to Kaohsiung and arrested the man at the eatery where he works on Wednesday evening and brought him back to a police station in Taipei where his statement was taken later that day.

Wang had recently accused the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Enoch Wu (???), her sole opponent in the Taipei legislative by-election on Jan. 8, of having close links with underworld gangs.

Tsai has a criminal record for making threats but does not belong to any political party. He confessed that he made the threatening phone call because he was unhappy with Wang's remarks and had differing political views, according to police.

Police handed Tsai over on Thursday to the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office for questioning, after which he was granted bail.

Following the arrest of Tsai, Wang expressed gratitude to the police for being able to solve the case and apprehend the suspect within 24 hours after receiving the report, saying this put her and her election campaign staff at ease.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel