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Taiwan's Supreme Court Orders New Hearing for Chen བོད་སྐད།


Taiwan's Supreme Court says it has ordered a lower court to hold a new hearing on the detention of former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian.

The Supreme Court Thursday questioned the High Court's position that Mr. Chen is a flight risk, and said it has failed to provide proof he has allegedly been hiding money abroad.

The High Court recently ordered Mr. Chen to remain in jail while he appealed his life sentence on corruption charges.

Last month, the 58-year-old former leader was convicted of embezzling and receiving bribes worth millions of dollars and laundering part of the money through Swiss bank accounts. He and his wife Wu Shu-chen were sentenced to life in prison and fined more than $15 million.

Officials say a court gave Mr. Chen the maximum sentence because he had severely damaged Taiwan.

Mr. Chen has said he is being persecuted for his anti-China views by his successor, President Ma Ying-jeou, a strong advocate of improved ties with China.

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