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Overseas Taiwanese voice concerns over Wu trial

Overseas Taiwanese voice concerns over Wu trial

The high-profile state affairs fund case, in which first lady Wu Shu-chen (吳淑珍) is being tried for forgery and corruption, has elicited responses from Taiwanese based in the U.S., with some groups calling for the removal of the chief prosecutor Chang Hsi-hai and presiding judge Tsai Shou-hsun from the case.
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) was named along with his wife in the corruption charges after a probe into allegations that President Chen misused a state affairs fund concluded on November 3. The president was not indicted because the Constitution gives him immunity from most criminal charges during his tenure. Three of the president's former and current aides were are also on trial in connection with the alleged misuse of the fund.
The outcome of the trial is expected to have a great impact on Taiwan politics, as the president has publicly said that he would step down if his wife is found guilty.
A statement issued by overseas Taiwan societies in the name of Lin Hsiu-ho, chairman of the Greater New York Charter of the Taiwanese Association of America, noted that the first lady has been treated as a defendant since the trial started. However, the court should have waited for the constitutionality of the case to be established before proceeding with the trial, the statement read.
The sentiment echoes a proposal put forward by ruling Democratic Progressive Party caucus leader Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) saying the issue should be submitted to the Council of Grand Justices for a ruling on the constitutionality of the investigation before legal proceedings against the president and his wife could commence.
The statement by the overseas Taiwanese groups also questioned whether the court had decided to hold the hearings every Friday in order to end the case as soon as possible. In the statement, the Taiwan societies recommended the Taiwan judicial system remove Chang and Tsai from the case, asked the Taiwan media to report only the truth, took the Taipei City Government to task for allowing what it called unconscionable and inhuman protests, and praised the courage of the Yilan farmer, Lin Chin-kun, who sued the judges and prosecutors in the state affairs fund case.


Updated : 2021-05-16 20:26 GMT+08:00