Former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his wife, Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), will testify in a slander case today that Chen filed against Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅).
The Taiwan High Court yesterday said Chen and Wu would attend today’s hearing as witnesses at 11am.
It is the first hearing Chen has been required to attend since he left office on May 20.
The High Court said it expected a number of people to attend.
In Feb. 2000, Chiu, a campaign spokesman for independent presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜), accused Wu of possessing NT$75 million (US$2.4 million) in stocks and shares and linked her fortune to a stock market speculator nicknamed “Ah Ting” (阿丁).
Chen’s camp denied the charges and accused Chiu of violating the Election and Recall Law.
Taipei prosecutors in 2003 indicted Chiu on violation of the Election and Recall Law (總統副總統選舉罷免法), and the Taipei District Court in 2006 sentenced Chiu to four months in prison.
However, the High Court found Chiu not guilty last May.
The Supreme Court ordered the High Court to retry the case, which will start today.