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First family scandals hit international magazine

First family scandals hit international magazine

Bad news travels fast. The corruption scandals plaguing the first family hit the Top Ten scandal list of an internationally prominent publication for 2006.
Time magazine, a U.S.-based news weekly, ranked the trial of President Chen Shui-bian's wife, Wu Shu-chen, on graft and forgery charges as the fifth top scandal of the year.
The magazine pointed out in its latest edition that Wu is now standing accused of embezzling US$450,000 in state funds and other first family members and friends have also been alleged to use their ties to Chen for illicit gains.
Chen's son-in-law Chao Chien-ming, who was arrested in May on charges of insider trading and embezzlement and sentenced last week to six years in prison, was singled out as the most notorious example.
The scandal story said that Chen is spared from criminal prosecution only because“he is wearing a constitutionally tailored Teflon suit.”It further noted that earlier this year, opposition lawmakers fell 28 votes short of the required two-thirds majority that would have instituted a nationwide recall vote.
Chen, who survived a shooting in the 2004 reelection campaign, seems really in trouble, the Time story added.


Updated : 2020-12-01 23:57 GMT+08:00