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Be brave, face justice, church tells Chen

Be brave, face justice, church tells Chen

Leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan called on former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday to face justice and acknowledge the truth, but said they would continue praying for him.
The church has a long story of close involvement with the democracy and human rights movement in Taiwan, and has been a vocal supporter of Chen and his Democratic Progressive Party.
"If Chen did a bad thing, he must say he did a bad thing, if not, he must bravely say he did not," said the Reverend Kao Chun-ming, a long-time human rights activist and former leader of the church.
Kao was referring to the recent scandal enveloping the former president, who admitted last week that his wife had moved US$20 million into overseas accounts registered by their son and daughter-in-law.
Church leader Andrew Chang called on the former president's son, Chen Chih-chung, and his wife Huang Jui-ching to be brave and face justice. The couple is widely believed to be staying in the United States.
Church officials also expressed concern that the investigation was not entirely fair. The judiciary should respect the independence and secrecy of the investigation, church official Lyim Hong-tiong told reporters.
"It isn't fair if politicians from one camp encounter this kind of situation but escape without a scratch, while those from the other camp are persecuted to death," Lyim said.
"Chen's family needed the love of Jesus Christ," he said before joining a church delegation to visit the former president and his family.