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Indictment of Chen to come next week: official

NOT AS PLANNED SIP spokesman Chen Yun-nan would only confirm that seven prosecutors were ‘working very hard’ to complete the procedure

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The indictment of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and other defendants allegedly involved in four investigations — the “state affairs” fund, the former first family’s alleged money laundering, the alleged corruption surrounding the construction of the Nangang Exhibition Center and the Lungtan land deal — will take place sometime next week, a judicial official who wished to remain anonymous told the Taipei Times yesterday.


The source said that Supreme Prosecutors’ Office’s Special Investigation Panel (SIP) prosecutors have been busy working on the indictment document since Monday.

They were planning to finish the indictment and make it public today but things did not work out as planned.

State Public Prosecutor-General Chen Tsung-ming (陳聰明) was reported to have visited the SIP in the early evening every day since Monday.


It was speculated that he has been reviewing the draft indictment, an accusation he denied during a press conference on Wednesday.

“The only thing that is for sure at the moment is the indictment will not be complete before everybody goes away for the weekend,” the source said.

When approached, SIP Spokesman Chen Yun-nan (陳雲南) continued to refuse to give more details on the process.


Chen Yun-nan would only confirm that seven prosecutors were “working very hard” to finish the job, while the source said that they are currently working on the indictment, which was expected to be “hundreds of pages long.”

“I have nothing to tell you, regarding the process,” Chen said. “But, I can tell you that prosecutors are not seeing anybody or investigating anything today.”

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