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Court upholds ban on foreign travel for Chen Hsing-yu

DO NOT EXIT The former president’s daughter said that the court’s travel restrictions had caused her place in a US school to be given to another person

By Shelley Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taipei District Court yesterday ruled not to lift travel restrictions imposed on former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) daughter Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤).

Chen Hsing-yu said because of the travel ban, she could not complete registration at a US school to which she had applied and been admitted.

“My spot was given to another person,” she said.

Presiding Judge Chen Hsing-pang (陳興邦) said at a pre-trial hearing that because the case was not very complicated, he predicted litigation would not take long and told Chen Hsing-yu to stay in the country until the court had tried the case.

However, if it was necessary to go abroad for a short trip, she could ask her lawyer to submit a petition to the court, which would then evaluate whether to temporarily suspend the travel ban.

Chen Hsing-yu yesterday told the court she had not changed her mind after pleading guilty to perjury charges.

The judge set the next pre-trial hearing for Aug. 13.

After the hearing was dismissed, defense attorney Chen Kuo-hua (陳國華) told reporters outside the courtroom that he had no objections to the decision.

“Like the judge said, pre-trial proceedings will not take long, so there is no need to waste too much time arguing over [the travel restrictions] now,” he said.

Chen Hsing-yu, her husband Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘), her brother Chen Chih-chung (陳致中) and former Taipei Financial Center Corp chairwoman Diana Chen (陳敏薰) were charged on July 17 with making false witness statements in relation to the former first family’s embezzlement and corruption cases.

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