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Court turns down appeal against Chen’s detention

COURT’S U-TURN Chen Shui-bian’s lawyers said they would not give up because they have identified ‘flaws’ in the procedure. Next stop? The Grand Justices

By Jimmy Chuang, Ko Shu-ling and Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTERS

In related news, former DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday rebutted a report claiming that he had received political donations from former Chinatrust Financial Holding Co (中信金控) vice chairman Jeffrey Koo Jr (辜仲諒) and that he had asked Koo not to return to Taiwan to face a criminal investigation.

The Chinese-language Next Magazine reported yesterday that Koo had proposed he would return to Taiwan last January, but that then premier Su had sent Koo a message via contacts asking him not to return to the country, as he would risk being detained.

The report said Su received political donations from Koo on the two occasions he ran for Taipei County commissioner, in 1997 and 2001.

Su said in a press statement yesterday that the media report was fabricated. He left the position of premier in May 2007, but the report said he was premier last February, which proved it was entirely wrong.

Su said he had never received political donations from Koo.

Koo was released on NT$100 million (US$3 million) bail following his return to Taiwan in November after two years on the run.

Koo had been in Japan since evading an arrest warrant issued in 2006 after he failed to answer a subpoena to appear in court over allegations of irregularities involving Chinatrust’s bid for rival Mega Financial Holding Co (兆豐金控).

Prosecutors also suspected Koo offered Chen Shui-bian a bribe related to the failed takeover bid.

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