Chiang Kai-shek's great-grandson gets jail term in Taiwan

TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taipei court on Friday sentenced a great-grandson of former Taiwanese leader Chiang Kai-shek to six months in prison for making threats against staff at his former school.

Andrew Chiang You-ching, 24, was convicted at the Shilin district court of intimidation charges for posting threats against the Taipei American School on Facebook as well as emailing them to its staff last year.

He can appeal the ruling or pay a fine of Tw$180,000 (S$7,600) in exchange for not serving the sentence, the court said.

Chiang was arrested and indicted in November 2013 after the school alerted the police of his actions in a case that was much-publicised in Taiwan.

Local media said he used the words "slaughter" and "bomb" in his Facebook messages and he was also reported to have shouted and made offensive gestures outside the school.

Chiang is a scion of Taiwan's most prominent political families as the youngest of the three children of Chiang Hsiao-yung, the grandson of the late nationalist Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek.

Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war in China to the communists, and was president of the island until his death in 1975. His son Chiang Ching-kuo ruled Taiwan from 1978 until he died in 1988.

Andrew Chiang was born in Canada and spent a long time in the United States. He was reportedly expelled by the Taipei American School eight years ago for missing too many classes.