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Ex-president returned to jail, may appeal

Ex-president returned to jail, may appeal
Ex-president returned to jail, may appeal

president arrived at the Taipei Detention Center in Tucheng, Taipei County, just before 4 a.m. yesterday.
In contrast to his previous bout in custody from Nov. 12 to Dec. 13, Chen is not being held incommunicado. His son Chen Chih-chung was allowed to visit him yesterday afternoon in the company of two opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers.
The ex-president had the feeling that the whole court session played along according to a previously written script, legislator Lawrence Kao relayed to reporters after the visit. He also said attorneys were considering filing an appeal against yesterday's court ruling.
In a news release later yesterday, Chen's office said the court's reasons for ordering his custody were farfetched. The latest court ruling "didn't hide that it went against the constitutional requirements for an independent verdict, and also took away former President Chen's chances of receiving a fair verdict," the statement said.
The former president was indicted on Dec. 12 in four cases of embezzlement, corruption and money laundering involving up to NT$500 million.
Yesterday morning's Taipei District Court ruling came after a change of presiding judge, a point condemned by Chen's attorneys and supporters as political interference by ruling Kuomintang lawmakers.
The previous judge, Chou Chan-chun, ordered Chen's initial release on Dec. 13 and rejected prosecutors' first appeal on Dec. 18. The court later decided to put Tsai Shou-hsun, the judge who has been presiding over an embezzlement trial against Chen's wife Wu Shu-jen since late 2006, in charge of all cases related to the ex-president. Chen could still be released if the court accepts a petition from Chen's attorneys requesting that Monday's session be ruled invalid because of the change in judges.
After Chen was detained, the SID prosecutors questioned former Chinatrust Financial Holding vice chairman Jeffrey Koo Jr., believed to be a key witness on relations between the former First Family and the financial world.
Koo was listed as a defendant yesterday for pocketing NT$1 billion in illegal profits in the Red Fire case, cable station TVBS reported. Chinatrust invested in Mega Financial Holding via structured notes through its Hong Kong branch, but later transferred the notes to Red Fire Development, a company widely suspected to be a front for the Koo family. Red Fire cashed the notes, reaping a profit of approximately NT$1 billion, the government's Financial Supervisory Commission found two years ago.


Updated : 2021-10-24 08:55 GMT+08:00