CNA with Red Brick Daily Staff

A Chiayi court says a man identified only as Mr. Chen, called an Interior Ministry hotline on Dec. 17, 2015, and claimed to be an ISIS member.

He warned the ministry to step up security at the Presidential Office because he was planning to “take some action.”

A police investigation quickly identified the caller as Chen, an unemployed resident of rural Sikou Township in Chiayi County.

The case received much publicity as it occurred in the run-up to the presidential elections in January 2016.

During his trial that ended on August 12, 2016, Chen said that he made the comments during the call because he thought the person who answered the hotline was giving him “attitude.”

A four-month prison sentence in Taiwan can be converted into a fine, but considering this numbskull’s┬álack of employment, he may need to do his time.