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Former first lady arrives at Taipei District Court

Wu Shu-jen

Wu Shu-jen

Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) Former first lady Wu Shu-jen waved and smiled at onlookers as she arrived at the Taipei District Court Tuesday afternoon for a pre-trial hearing on the corruption and money-laundering charges she faces.
Accompanied by her son Chen Chih-chung, who has also been indicted in the same case, the wheelchair-bound Wu arrived about 18 minutes before the hearing's scheduled 2:30 p.m. start.
Considering her physical condition, the court will allow a 10-minute break after questioning her for 30 minutes. The prosecutors will also shorten the time they devote to their statements to allow the former first lady more time to state her case.
Tuesday's pre-trial session will focus on new indictments against her and the former first family that charge them with embezzling NT$104.15 million from the state affairs fund, taking bribes in a land deal and an exhibition hall tender and laundering nearly half a billion Taiwan dollars in ill-gotten funds overseas.
Wu was previously indicted in 2006 for embezzling over NT$10 million from the presidential state affairs fund while her husband Chen Shui-bian was still in office. She has been absent from 17 consecutive hearings in that trial because of health issues.
(By Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-10-18 08:17 GMT+08:00