Taiwan ex-president indicted again- prosecutors

Former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian was indicted again on Tuesday on more charges on seizing government money

Taiwan ex-president indicted again- prosecutors


Former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian, sentenced to life in prison earlier this month for graft, was indicted again on Tuesday on more charges on seizing government money, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors indicted Chen, a former National Security Council secretary-general and a former deputy foreign minister on suspicion of taking foreign affairs-related funds, Taiwan's Supreme Prosecutors Office said in a statement.

Chen was indicted on suspicion of taking $330,000 worth of funds from the foreign ministry, using the money for his son's overseas education, the office said.

On Sept. 11 the Taipei District Court sentenced Chen to life in prison on six charges related to corruption and bribery, closing a high-profile case that opened nearly three years ago, involving Chen's wife and numerous family members and aides. He was also fined T$200 million ($6 million).

The conviction is likely to affect support for Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which backed the former president when he was in office and faces tough local elections at the end of the year. Chen left the DPP last year.

Chen, now in jail after serving two terms as president from 2000 to 2008, has appealed the conviction, rejecting the charges and calling them politically motivated.

Separately, Chen's foundation said on Tuesday he would file a lawsuit in Washington asking the United States to clarify its stance on Taiwan's sovereignty. Chen irked China and the United States while in office by seeking Taiwan's formal independence.

Reuters

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