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Former President Chen Shui-bian’s Plea of Not Guilty Outside the Court

Abstract 

On September 11, 2009, the Court of Judge Tsai Shou-hsun will give its verdict in the case of Taiwan versus Chen Shui-bian as regards charges of corruption, money-laundering, and misuse of state funds. 

When that verdict is given, the media and the public will be presented with simply that, a resulting verdict; they will not see the reasons, methods and machinations, proper or improper, by which the prosecutors and judge worked to achieve that end, nor will they see the defendant’s side of the story. 

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Unintentional sobriety

Since he came to office in May last year, President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) pro-China policies have become so transparent that a US-based satirical magazine was prompted to compare cross-strait relations to courtship, with Ma “wooing China.”

It would be unfair, however, to look down at the magazine for making a political analogy so absurd as to belittle Taiwan, for in his words and deeds over the past year-and-a-half, Ma has encouraged this very image, especially for those looking in from the outside.

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Deaflympic hubris — courtesy of the Ma team

During a flag-presentation ceremony for the 21st Summer Deaflympics on Wednesday last week, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said that during his term as Taipei mayor, Olympic medalist Chi Cheng (紀政) called to ask if he was willing to launch a bid to host the Deaflympics. Ma said he agreed on the spot.

This remark betrays Ma’s tendency to lie and spuriously claim credit for himself.

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Behold China’s network in Taiwan

When asked to explain the nature of pro-China forces in Taiwan, I like to describe it as a network.

This network is different from a centralized command system in which everyone acts according to the same orders.

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Denied a Fair Trial and Imprisoned by "Judge Shopping" and Other Abuses Chen Presents His Case Outside the Court

What follows is a summary and foreword to the arguments of Chen Shui-bian's defense team. It is presented to the people outside the court since Chen's team feel that the court was compromised long ago when it went "judge shopping" in order to find a judge that would imprison Chen though he was only indicted and the trial had not yet begun. Similarly by insisting that they be allowed to tape and listen in to all conversations with his lawyers and anyone else, the prosecutors denied him any chance to present a decent defense. We (Chen Shui-bian's defense team) firmly believe that:

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Formosa Foundation organizes private screening of the movie Formosa Betrayed for Congressional members & staff -- Sept. 2009

An important element of the Formosa Foundation’s mission is to bring Taiwan issues to the forefront of the America political agenda. Therefore the Foundation is proud to announce that we have begun preparations for a private screening of the movie Formosa Betrayed to be shown exclusively to members of Congress and their staff in June.

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Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien, second right, lays flowers at the bust of his great-grandfather Lien Heng in the 228 Memorial Park in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien’s (連勝文) failure to pay his respects to victims of the 228 Massacre while visiting the 228 Memorial Park yesterday has sparked fierce controversy.

Lien visited the park to pay his respects to historical figures that he said are considered to have made great contributions to the nation.