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Court confirms jail sentence for Chen relative

Court confirms jail sentence for Chen relative

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Supreme Court confirmed a prison sentence Thursday of one year and two months for the father-in-law of former President Chen Shui-bian’s daughter over the alleged theft of donations for sports.
When Chao Yu-chu served as chairman of a table tennis association 13 years ago, he reportedly used more than NT$4 million (US$121,900) in donations from the provincial sports council to play the stock market.
The Supreme Court said Thursday that as a member of the extended family of the then-president, Chao should have watched his actions and words more closely, and should certainly not have used public money to increase his private wealth.
The legal case against Chao, a former elementary school principal, started about eight years ago, when Chen was still president.
Chao is the father of Chao Chien-ming, who is married to Chen’s daughter, Chen Hsing-yu.
Father and son and two other individuals were also on trial for a case related to insider trading, but the Supreme Court sent that case back to the Taiwan High Court for a new verdict.
As the Chen era reached its end in 2008, a host of allegations of corruption exploded around the president, his relatives and some of his closest political associates.
Chen was eventually sentenced to 20 years in prison, but earlier this year, he was freed on medical parole because of his deteriorating health situation. He has since been living at his new family home in Kaohsiung City.


Updated : 2021-09-19 13:16 GMT+08:00