Sat, Sep 20, 2008 - Page 1 News List

Wu cites health to avoid court

HOSPITAL STATEMENTThe former first lady’s lawyer said his client had ‘reluctantly’ decided to heed a warning of the threat to her health a court appearance might cause

By Mo Yan-Chih, Shih Hsiu-Chuan AND Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTERS, WITH AFP

Department of Health (DOH) Minister Lin Fang-yue (林芳郁), who was the hospital’s superintendent before joining the new government, said Wu’s lawyer had “over-interpreted” the statement the hospital gave the court.

He said the hospital statement was not specifically written about Wu’s condition but a reminder of what things a court should take into consideration when a paralyzed person is questioned.

Wu’s absence drew mixed reactions from lawmakers.

“She cannot hide forever and as a former first lady she should not trash the judicial system like this. She should bravely face the law,” Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Ching-chih (吳清池) said.

On the legislative floor, Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) was asked by KMT Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) about Wu’s repeated refusal to appear in court, but Liu declined to respond.

Minister of Justice Wang Ching­-feng (王清峰) filled in for Liu, saying officials should refrain from giving instructions to judges on how to handle a case under examination.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY SHELLEY HUANG

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