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Taiwan court upholds acquittal of former president Lee on embezzlement charges

Published on Aug 20, 2014 2:51 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's high court on Wednesday upheld the acquittal of former leader Lee Teng-hui on charges of embezzling state funds during his presidency between 1988 and 2000, citing a lack of evidence.

The court rejected an appeal filed by prosecutors, saying they failed to prove the claims that Lee embezzled US$7.79 million (S$9.7 million) from the government's diplomatic slush funds while in office to help set up a private think-tank.

Prosecutors are barred from appealing to the supreme court under a new speedy trial law unless they can prove that the verdict contradicts the constitution or other precedents, the court said.

It affirmed a ruling by the Taipei district court last year to clear Lee of corruption charges due to lack of evidence since he did not sign several official documents related to the misuse of funds.

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