Tsai Mei-li (蔡美利), a classmate of the former first lady, is critically ill and has not been sentenced. She allegedly also played a role in the money-laundering schemes.
In related news, the Taipei District Court yesterday said it respected Chen Shui-bian’s decision not to appear in court to hear the ruling. The court’s decision not to require his presence signals that the detention hearing would be held next week at the earliest, or at the High Court if the appeal is processed before the former president’s current term of detention expires on Sept. 25.
As Chen Shui-bian and his lawyers do not expect a favorable decision from Tsai Shou-hsun, who has repeatedly ruled that the former president should remain in detention, it is expected that Chen Shui-bian’s lawyers would file an appeal as soon as possible.
The former president has denied the charges and says his detention and trial amount to political persecution by the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).
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