Taiwan police detains man for spreading fake news about president

Suspect could face up to five years in prison

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/10/06
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Police arrested a man who falsely claimed online that armed

President Tsai Ing-wen touring Chiayi County during last summer’s flooding (photo courtesy of President Tsai’s Facebook page).

military with guns at the ready had accompanied President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on a tour of flood-ravaged areas in Southern Taiwan last August.

The suspect had posted two Line messages on his Facebook page on August 26 which quoted the driver of a military armored vehicle saying the soldiers accompanying Tsai had their weapons loaded and ready.

The Presidential Office and the Ministry of National Defense denied the accusation and said the incident damaged the government’s reputation. As a result, the military took the case to the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), the Central News Agency reported.

The CIB said Saturday the investigation had taken them to a 35-year-old fish farmer in Kaohsiung City’s Linyuan District surnamed Na (那).    [FULL  STORY]

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