Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Court turns down request to postpone hearing made by Chen’s attorney

Taipei District Court is scheduled to open court next week for state affairs funds case and other cases involving former President Chen Shui-bian. Che...

Taipei District Court is scheduled to open court next week for state affairs funds case and other cases involving former President Chen Shui-bian. Che...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei District Court collegiate bench today turned down the request made by former President Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) attorney to postpone the hearing next week.

Chen’s attorney Shih Yi-lin (石宜琳) made a request on Jan. 14 to Taipei District Court to push back the preparatory hearing set next week on the ground of lack of preparation time.

The four cases involving Chen and his family have been complicated, and the attorneys have no access to documents concerning the State Affairs Funds misuse, said Shih. In addition, since Chen could not view the documents for being held in custody, and the discussion time between Chen and his attorneys is restricted to thirty minutes a day by Taipei Detention Center, Shih made such a request in a bid to gain more time for preparation and discussion. He emphasized that they are not employing a delaying tactic.

However, the collegiate bench found Shih’s reasoning insufficient and thus overruled his request Thursday. The preparatory hearing is still slated to begin on Jan. 19 next Monday for a consecutive three days.

It is reported that Chen may wear a mask and keep silent in the hearing to bolster his demand that the three-judge panel led by Tsai Shou-shun (蔡守訓) be changed from ruling on his cases. But after discussion, his attorneys suggested Chen not to exercise the right of silence in order to safeguard his defense right, which Chen agreed.

Taipei District Court changed judge panel on Chen’s cases from Chou Chan-chun (周占春) to Tsai, who presided over the State Affairs Funds case against former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), in order to combine all cases under one judge. The act drew fire from the opposition party and judges from other district courts, alleging the change was under political influence from the ruling party.

Chen’s attorney made an appeal against the change but was rejected by Taipei District Court on Jan. 7.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2021-07-31 18:11 GMT+08:00