The Straits Times
Published on Dec 20, 2012

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


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.