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Ex-legislator's acquittal finalized

Ex-legislator's acquittal finalized

staff writer

The Supreme Court rejected Thursday an appeal by prosecutors, maintaining an earlier High Court ruling that acquitted former Legislator Diane Lee of fraud charges related to her dual nationality.
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office indicted Lee in September 2009 on the fraud charges, accusing her of intentionally concealing her U.S. citizenship during her one term as a Taipei City councilor and three terms as a legislator, during which she was paid over NT$100 million in salary and other payments.
Taiwanese public servants are prohibited from holding citizenship or nationality of a foreign country while in office.
Lee was sentenced to two years in prison at the first trial but acquitted in the second trial, which the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office then appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that Lee should be found guilty of either corruption or fraud.