Ex-Taiwan president's jail term cut

Court upholds Chen Shui-bian's graft conviction but cuts life term to 20 years.

    Chen's supporters say charges against him were politically motivated [AFP]

    He was sentenced to life in prison and fined $6.2m after nearly three years of acrimonious, high-profile court proceedings that involved his wife, son and numerous aides.

    Chen's lawyer said his client, who has been held in a suburban Taipei jail for the past 17 months, "was not pleased by the ruling and believes he should have been acquitted".

    "But he also believes he has a good chance on the next appeal so he was not particularly upset," Shih Yi-lin said.

    Chen is expected to appeal to the supreme court next to overturn the verdict entirely.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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