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Taiwan ex-leader Chen Shui-bian cleared of perjury charge

Published on Aug 17, 2012 1:28 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's high court on Friday cleared former president Chen Shui-bian of one charge of instigating perjury in the latest legal victory for the jailed ex-leader.

Chen was accused of instructing a top aide to give false statements to prosecutors during an investigation into the sprawling corruption allegations against him stemming from his 2000-2008 presidency.

However, Chen was found not guilty as some of the aide's statements were proven true while others were either deemed irrelevant or not instigated by Chen, a court statement said.

The verdict is the latest victory for the ex-leader, who is serving a prison term of 17 years and six months on two bribery convictions, with more trials pending on other charges.

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