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'Prudence' urged in court cases

'Prudence' urged in court cases

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has expressed hope that people will treat ongoing court cases involving his family members with "prudence," the Presidential Office said yesterday.
The Presidential Office made the statement after the latest online edition of Time magazine listed the Chen family's involvement in corruption among the top 10 scandals over the past year in an article titled "Trouble in Taiwan."
The Presidential Office said in a statement that the president's "resolve in carrying out constitutional governance and promoting democracy and the rule of the law remains unchanged."
The president "respects freedom of the press, " but he also hopes that all parties will view ongoing court cases with "objectivity and prudence," the statement said.
Time's article pointed out that first lady Wu Shu-chen (吳淑珍) was indicted for allegedly embezzling US$450,000 in state funds. Other Chen family members and friends have also been accused and charged of using their ties to the president for illicit gains, most notably his son-in-law, Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘), who was sentenced to six years in prison and fined NT$30 million for insider trading at his first trial. Chao has said he will appeal.
Chen was named along with his wife in the misuse of the state fund case, but enjoys constitutional immunity from prosecution until his term expires in May 2008. He has denied any wrongdoing in the case, and has vowed to step down if his wife is found guilty at her first trial.


Updated : 2020-12-02 08:55 GMT+08:00