Kaohsiung, Jan. 15 (CNA) Twenty-seven people, including live vlogger Lien Chien-yi (連千毅) and alleged gang leader Cheng Yu-jen (鄭又仁), were indicted Wednesday in connection with an incident of street violence in Kaohsiung last year.
Lien and his employees and Cheng and his alleged gang members were charged with smashing vehicles and shop windows when the two groups clashed on Sept. 19, 2019, the Kaohsiung Prosecutors' Office said, citing the Organized Crime Prevention Act and the Guns, Ammunition and Knives Control Act.
Investigators found that Lien had also directed his employees to fire gunshots in the street, causing public fear and panic, the prosecutors' office said.
The street violence was a spillover from an online conflict between Cheng and Lien, who often had to delete comments or issue apologies to his online followers amid the feud, investigators found, according to the prosecutors' office.
Both men were arrested on Sept. 23 last year, but Cheng was released on bail of NT$350,000 (US$11,600), while Lien was held in custody, Kaohsiung prosecutors said.
In a separate case, Lien has been accused of abducting one of his employees and ordering some others to smash the man's left hand with a baseball bat, over an alleged affair between the man and one of Lien's female friends, the prosecutors said.
According prosecutors, Lien is a member of the Sun Union in the Kaohsiung branch of the Tiendaomeng gang.
In the period of September to October, 2019, police seized a cache of weapons from Sun Union members in Kaohsiung and Miaoli, including two pistols, 35 rounds of ammunition, and 17 knives, as well as 15 baseball bats, according to the prosecutors.