Mon, Jun 08, 2009 - Page 3 News List

Chen blasts court for restrictions on daughter’s travel

By Shelley Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Detained former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday expressed anger after prosecutors imposed a travel restriction on his daughter, Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤).

The former president said the prosecutors were “wiping out my entire family,” Wu Wen-ching (吳文清), a friend of the former first family, said after visiting Chen at a detention cenrter.

Chen Shui-bian has been detained at the Taipei Detention Center since Dec. 30 on charges of money laundering and corruption.

Wu said Chen seemed extremely distressed after hearing of the news and said he would hire his daughter a lawyer to defend her in her perjury case.

On Wednesday, Chen Hsing-yu, her brother Chen Chih-chung (陳致中) and his wife, Huang Jui-ching (黃睿靚), as well as former Taipei 101 chairwoman Diana Chen (陳敏薰), were listed as defendants and accused of perjury.

Prosecutors accused the four of giving false testimony during questioning about the presidential “state affairs fund” and alleged money laundering activities.

On Saturday, prosecutors imposed travel restrictions on Chen Hsing-yu, saying she would have to notify authorities if she intended to leave the country.

Before Wednesday, Chen Hsing-yu had been the only immediate family member of Chen Shui-bian not to have been listed as a defendant.

Chen Hsing-yu had made public her plans to study in the US this year.

The new restrictions could disrupt her plans.

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