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Ex-President Chen to stay detained

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Three Taiwan high court judges met at short notice yesterday to rule on whether former President Chen Shui-bian, sentenced to life in prison for corruption, should be released on bail.

Presiding judge Teng Chen-chiu began a hearing on Chen's appeal to end his three-month detention at 6:15 p.m., after the Supreme Court accepted and remanded it to the court of appeals.

As of press time, the hearing continued.

Chen was taken from the detention center at Tucheng to the Taipei courthouse, where he met dozens of "Redshirt" protesters who demanded he be put behind bars for as long as the court wants. The protesters were remnants of those who wore red shirts and took to the streets to demand President Chen's resignation in 2006. The former president was ordered to be placed under custody on Sept. 24, when his third detention term expired. Along with his wife, Chen was convicted of corruption and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Supporters, far outnumbering the protesters, unfurled banners calling for Chen's immediate release. They had a brief skirmish with police guards at the courthouse next door to the Office of the President.

In remanding the case, the Supreme Court refuted Teng and his two assistant charges who ruled the detention was necessary on the grounds that Chen was given a life sentence, familiar with an escape route out of the country and in possession of a cache of dirty money abroad.

"A life sentence, though severe, is not cause enough for one to escape the country," the Supreme Court ruled.

Though he served as president for eight years, the Supreme Court continued, Chen cannot be considered familiar with an escape route abroad.

Moreover, the Supreme Court said, the stash of cash abroad is not necessarily the money Chen was accused of laundering.

President Chen appeared in court without handcuffs. Dressed in a suit, Chen walked into court smiling. He looked confidant that he would be released on bail. One of his strongest supporters, Huang Ching-lin, said outside the courthouse he is raising enough cash to bail the former president out.

"We'll gather together more than enough cash," said Huang, director of the Democratic Progressive Party's Taipei City chapter.

October 9, 2009    err_co_eds@
Let’s see how our LAW is to protect the "Law Abiding Citizens" or the LAW just closed the Book of Law to accept BAIL from Corrupt Ex-President Chen and let him exit free from PRISON.
Let’s see how our system of LAW is for the INNOCENT VICTIM or for the PRIVILEDGE FEW CRIMINAL like CORRUPT and TRAITOR Ex-President Chen.
Remember. As President and a Professional Lawyer, Corrupt Chen has violated HIS OWN KNOWLEDGE OF LAW as a lawyer. And DISAVOW to Serve as President of Republic of China and People.
Remember the latest events being transpire from his affidavit Corrupt Chen VS against Obama and Gates etc etc.
October 9, 2009    johnny.bryan@
Ex-president Chen should remain in jail for further expedite on his misdeeds and wrongdoings. As the head of state, he misused state fund during his tenure, simple ask this question: Why his family especially First lady, were cashing on this fund? To find more cases, look into to matters related to money like misuse of foreign diplomacy and also I believe the Financial Reform II. What he did was not beneficial to Taiwan and people living, only his family and DPP. Sorrow of Taiwanese continues...
October 9, 2009    jpembleton@
To all you western liberal pro-Ah-bian supporters - including various heads of EU consulates & embassies here in Taiwan (and you know who you are), I say this: So you think Ah-bian is being unfairly tried, do you? Well how come virtually everyone else associated with his money laundering network has come clean, owned up, & spilled the beans? Not only that, but they have also voluntarily provided further damning evidence which incontrovertibly proves his guilt. The 'Chaing Kai Shek exacting revenge from his grave' conspiracy theory doesn't wear anymore. Things have moved on since 1949, and you have to face facts - the KMT is a different animal now, in all but name.
October 9, 2009    anotherdog58@
To jpembleton: I would love to believe your words, especially the last sentence. But isn't it true that now-president Ma was not jailed during his interrogation, and furthermore was cleared with the argument, that he spent more than he cashed in? The same argument was rejected for previous-president Chen?
Can you give some examples that "virtually everyone voluntarily provided damning evidence".
I am not so much concerned about Ah-Bian but rather the political climate in Taiwan, where this example serves as a soft return of the white terror. But here again I can hope, that the KMT can produce another Lee Hui Tang to free Taiwan from KMT princess and princesses.
So certainly KMT has the potential to be different to the past (which was not all bad, but often corrupt), but this example does not support it.
October 11, 2009    hft33362003@
Put him behind bars and put him out of sight from Taiwanese and when his appeal is exhausted and the conviction is confirmed by Supreme Court send him to a panel Island and the best one would be the Southern Taiping Island (there he will have a chance to meet PRC naval armada) where he took pride in his last Presidential duty taking along the Military chief to display his power.
Set up a 3 member special investigation panel of high power prosecutors who truly LOVE TAIWAN. Not he and those of his lackeys who use the catch phrase "LOVE TAIWAN" as a shield and cover to hoodwink Taiwanese. This 3 member prosecutors dig into further Chen Shui Bian abuse of power - how he received bribe in exercising his power to install political appointee to position of power, how he distributed nation money to his lackeys, how much more he and his family illegally taken from nation's coffer and where those money are stacked etc The results and findings should then be stored/kept in the national archive for use by historian, educators, authors of school books to teach Taiwanese children how this crook and conman is famous for such misdeeds. To show how a crook and conman can use the seat of Presidential power to his maximum advantage for his own ends.
At the end of it all confiscate up to the last penny and use it to benefit the ordinary Taiwanese who truly LOVE TAIWAN. YES, don't leave a penny for him to spend his ill gotten gains.
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