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Chen challenges judges in court

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chen Shui-bian, the former president standing trial, was at his defense lawyer best at his first hearing at the Taipei District Court yesterday.

He challenged judges and prosecutors, while denying all charges of forgery, corruption, graft and money laundering.

“Today, I am in your hands,” President Chen told presiding judge Tsai Shou-hsun in court, referring also to two other charges and Special Counsel prosecutors, who indicted him on November 23 last year.

But history will try the judges and prosecutors in the future, he predicted.

“At a people's court in the future in the torrent flow of history,” President Chen said, “the prosecutors, the presiding judge and other judges certainly will be tried again.”

Prosecutors charged Chen with laundering at least US$20,748,307 out of the public fund under Chen's control for the conduct of affairs of state.

“How do you plead?” Tsai asked Chen.

Instead of a plea, Chen fired a broadside at three prosecutors of the Special Counsel: Chu Chao-liang, Wu Wen-chung and Yueh Fang-ju.

“All three of them were political tools,” Chen charged. They helped Ma Ying-jeou the Kuomintang candidate, he said.

Wu prevented Chang Wei-tsin from handing over to Frank Hsieh, the Democratic Progressive Party standard bearer, a photo of Ma posing with her divorced husband, a black entertainer named Chocolate, Chen alleged. He seems to hint Ma is gay.

Cheng Wen-tsan, DPP secretary-general who serves as Hsieh's campaign manager, refuted the Chen allegation at a press conference he called after the hearing.

Hsieh was not spared Chen's ire, either. “I gave him NT$20 million,” he claimed.

The money was given as “donation,” Chen said. He didn't say it came from the state affairs fund, however. Hsieh denied receipt of the cash contribution. “President Chen spent that money,” he declared.

Chu was accused of refusing to investigate Lee Teng-hui, though he knew the former president was bribed by the Chinese Communists. “He also urged me to support Tsai Ing-wen for DPP chairwoman,” Chen added.

Yueh asked Tsai to ask President Chen to pardon Yu Wen, a office cashier convicted of forgery to help Ma abuse his expense account to which he was entitled as mayor of Taipei.

“I didn't pardon Yu,” Chen said. Yu was sentenced to one year in prison.

February 25, 2009    toebee.rock@
This lunatic must stay in jail with his family together with their cronies for the rest of their lives. That’s what happens in a truly democratic country like us in South Korea for corruptions, money laundering, forgeries and abuses of power. But in the North, the communist regime, they torture first, and salvage them beyond recognition. Who cares if you are the former president as long as you commit mistakes during your regime.
February 25, 2009    storerm@
toebee.rock@ wrote:
This lunatic must stay in jail with his family together with their cronies for the rest of their lives. That’s what happens in a truly democratic country like us in South Korea for corruptions, money laundering, forgeries and abuses of power. But in the North, the communist regime, they torture first, and salvage them beyond recognition. Who cares if you are the former president as long as you commit mistakes during your regime.
In democratic countries it is up to the courts to test if someone is guilty or innocent and then to apply the correct penalty. This process deserves the support of the Taiwanese people and people who believe in Democracy around the world.
February 25, 2009    annlu@
Yeah I agree with that South Korean. For Taiwan to truly become a democratic country like South Korea, we need to investigate and prosecute the KMT for their long history of corruptions, money laundering, forgeries and abuses of power. Once that happens, we in Taiwan will truly know we have a fair society. Until then, we are living in a KMT dictatorship again, when one party controls all offices of government--including the justice department. They must stop only investigating (and arresting, ignoring the human rights) the DPP party for offenses that they are far more guilty of. Equity under the law--without that, no Justice!
February 25, 2009    toebee.rock@
annlu@ wrote:
Yeah I agree with that South Korean. For Taiwan to truly become a democratic country like South Korea, we need to investigate and prosecute the KMT for their long history of corruptions, money laundering, forgeries and abuses of power. Once that happens, we in Taiwan will truly know we have a fair society. Until then, we are living in a KMT dictatorship again, when one party controls all offices of government--including the justice department. They must stop only investigating (and arresting, ignoring the human rights) the DPP party for offenses that they are far more guilty of. Equity under the law--without that, no Justice!
I haven't heard of any president in the history of TAIWAN who committed such a very shameful, disgusting act towards its own TAIWANESE PEOPLE. Can you imagine how lavishly they spent for 8 years while the TAIWANESE suffered? It's a pity.
February 26, 2009    aaaac@
Former president Chen and his DPP party had their chances to show they could do a better job than the KMT party, but he screwed it up because he was too busy stealing money from Taiwan during his presidency. He wanted power and money then, and he wants to save his face now. All in all, what he did only proved HE IS NOT A MAN OF HONOR. Hopefully, our justice will prove he is not above the law.
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 Chen challenges judges in court 
Former President Chen Shui-bian, right, steps out of the Taipei detention center at Tucheng, Taipei County under police escort. He appeared in court for his first pretrial hearing yesterday. (Reuters)

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