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Ex-president's son vows to appeal guilty ruling

Ex-president's son vows to appeal guilty ruling

Kaohsiung, Oct. 14 (CNA) The son of imprisoned former President Chen Shui-bian vowed Friday to appeal a Taiwan High Court ruling a day earlier that found him guilty of helping his parents launder money they received as bribes for arranging bank mergers. Chen Chih-chung, who is presently doing community service in Kaohsiung in lieu of a three-month prison sentence for perjury in a corruption charge involving his parents, said the high court's rulings were "absolutely unacceptable" to him and his family. He said the funds channeled to his family during his father's tenure were "political donations" and described the high court's sentences as politically motivated. The high court reversed a ruling by the Taipei District Court last year that acquitted Chen, his wife Wu Shu-jen, Chen Chih-chung and his wife Huang Jui-ching of bribery and money laundering charges related to the bank mergers as part of a "second financial reform" initiative. It sentenced the former president to 18 years and Wu to 11 years in prison and fined them NT$180 million (US$5.95 million) and NT$102 million, respectively, for taking bribes from financial conglomerates to help arrange favorable mergers during Chen's tenure as president between 2000 and 2008. The former first couple was also ordered to return the NT$500 million they allegedly received in bribes to national coffers. In the same ruling, the court sentenced Chen Chih-chung to one year in jail and fined him NT$4 million and gave Huang a six-month sentence and a NT$2 million fine for their parts in helping hide and move the money. The ex-president's son, who announced his intention to run for a seat in the Legislative Yuan Sept. 1, two weeks after he was stripped of his post on the Kaohsiung City Council because of his perjury conviction, called for voters to make the right choice when voting for a president on Jan. 14, 2012. "Taiwan's judicial reform will succeed only after the Kuomintang government is ousted and the Democratic Progressive Party recaptures power," he asserted. (By Chen Shou-kuo and Deborah Kuo)


Updated : 2021-10-19 13:16 GMT+08:00