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Former Taiwan President Detained in Graft Case བོད་སྐད།


Prosecutors in Taiwan have detained former President Chen Shui-bian in connection with a graft case.

Taiwan television showed the former leader being escorted from the prosecutor's office in handcuffs Tuesday on the way to court, where authorities will seek a formal arrest warrant.

Mr. Chen faced more than five hours of questioning in connection with his role in an alleged money laundering scheme.

Mr. Chen is being investigated on allegations that he and his family wired more than 30 million dollars to Switzerland and other foreign countries last year. The alleged transfers from Taiwan are said to have come from a special presidential expenses fund.

Mr. Chen's wife, Wu Shu-chen, is under investigation in the same case.

She is accused of embezzling more than 400-thousand dollars from a special presidential fund in a case dating back two years.

The former first lady, who is confined to a wheel chair, has missed 17 court appearances, saying she is in ill health. She has pleaded innocent to the charges.

Mr. Chen has said his wife sent 20 million dollars of leftover campaign funds abroad while he was president. He said she did so without his knowledge, and he denied allegations of money laundering.

Mr. Chen stepped down as Taiwan's president in May. He quit his Democratic Progressive Party last month when the allegations were made public.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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