Investigators say threats against Taiwan President originate in China

Author of threats accessed Facebook through VPN: CIB

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President Tsai Ing-wen (photo from her Facebook page)

President Tsai Ing-wen (photo from her Facebook page)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - An Internet user who posted online threats of violence against President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) possibly lives in China, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Thursday.

On Lunar New Year’s Day, February 5, a person calling himself “Chaoyang Shao” left a message on the president’s Facebook page in Chinese, writing “Hope for the New Year: beheading Tsai Ing-wen, unification of China,” the Central News Agency reported.

The CIB said its investigation showed that the same person had left similar messages on the Facebook pages of other political figures. The wording amounted to violations of the laws on threats against security, CNA reported.

During their online quest for the author, CIB agents discovered registration and other documents using simplified Chinese characters common in China. The writer of the threats must have used a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access Facebook, since the popular social network is banned in the communist country, the CIB commented.