Former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian was found guilty of graft on Friday and sentenced to life in prison.
Taipei District Court convicted the two-term president of corruption and a number of other charges, closing a fractious, high-profile case that opened nearly three years ago and involved Chen's wife and numerous family members and aides.
Prosecutors had charged Chen with embezzling T$104 million ($3.185 million) from a special presidential office fund, accepting bribes of about $9 million related to a land procurement deal and taking another $2.73 million in kickbacks to help a contractor win its bid for a government project.
While ruling from 2000-2008, Chen upset Beijing by advocating formal independence from China, which has claimed sovereignty over the self-ruled island since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.
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