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Taiwan's ex-leader Chen Shui-bian and wife get new jail terms

Published on Dec 20, 2012 8:38 PM
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This file photo taken on May 11, 2009 shows wheelchair-bound Wu Shu-chen, wife of Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian, leaving a hospital in Panchiao, northern Taiwan, where her husband was confined. Chen, already serving a long prison term for corruption, has been convicted and sentenced to another 10 years in a separate graft case. --PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian, already serving a long prison term for corruption, has been convicted and sentenced to another 10 years in a separate graft case.

Chen was sentenced on Thursday for taking bribes from a local financial group during a high-profile merger case, the supreme court said in a statement. The 62-year-old is already serving an 18 1/2-year term for corruption and money-laundering.

Under Taiwanese law, an individual can serve only a maximum 20 years in prison unless a life term is imposed. A court will announce early next year how much Chen's jail term will be extended following Thursday's ruling.

But prosecutor Chen Hung-ta told AFP the latest conviction was still meaningful because legal authorities would be able to ask the Swiss government to return the US$13 million (S$16 million) which the Chen family deposited in a Swiss bank.

 
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