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Chen silent during trial, angry about family’s case

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Former president Chen Shui-bian yesterday maintained his silence during his trial for corruption, but expressed his anger through a spokesperson about his son and daughter being named as defendants in a related perjury case.

Yesterday was the first day of a week of consecutive full-day court appearances for the former president. Hundreds of his supporters again gathered outside the Taipei District Court to show their dissatisfaction with the judicial process.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2009 13:10 ) Read more...
 

Democrat to seek help for TFD

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A congressman has asked US President Barack Obama to become directly involved in the growing controversy over the future of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD).

Robert Andrews, a Democrat from New Jersey, said in a letter to the White House that the TFD’s existence and present general policy directions were very much in line with the “fundamental values of democracy and human rights which Taiwan shares with the US.”

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 June 2009 09:17 ) Read more...
 

Chen supporters, police in violent clash

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PHOTO: WANG YI-SUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

Supporters of former president Chen Shui-bian were yesterday involved in violent clashes with the police outside the Taipei District Court, where the former president and some of his former aides are being tried.

Hundreds of Chen’s supporters gathered outside the court building yesterday, wearing green T-shirts and carrying signs with slogans such as “Release A-bian now” and “No police state.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2009 14:18 ) Read more...
 

Professor Jerome A. Cohen calls for Taiwan’s legal scholars to speak out on law reforms

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Anyone who cares about law and government has to be impressed by visiting Taiwan. Its democratically elected president and legislature, spurred by the interpretations of its independent Constitutional Court, have just ended the power of the police to imprison people without affording them the full protections of the newly revised judicial process.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:06 ) Read more...
 

Ma defends lawsuit against prosecutor Hou

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President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday defended his decision to file an appeal in court, insisting that he did the right thing and it was his duty to go forward and not to turn back.

“I did something I am supposed to do and I will proceed without hesitation,” Ma was quoted as saying by Presidential Office Public Affairs Department Director Tsai Chung-li, who said Ma made the remarks after learning about public criticism of his decision to appeal.

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Ma pursues lawsuit against prosecutor

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President Ma Ying-jeou has filed an appeal at the Taipei District Court after prosecutors decided not to indict Hou Kuan-jen, a prosecutor on the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) of the Supreme Prosecutors Office, for forgery. Taipei District Court spokesperson Huang Chun-ming said yesterday the court received a letter of committal for trial in March from Ma’s attorney, but the court has yet to announce its ruling.

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Taiwan remembers democracy pioneer / Taipei Times 20090405

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The Deng Nan-jung Memorial Hall yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of democracy movement pioneer Deng Nan-jung with a renewed pledge to push for freedom and human rights.

On April 7, 1989, Deng, then editor-in-chief of Freedom Era Weekly, set himself on fire as heavily armed police attempted to break into his office following his 71 days of self-imposed isolation after he was charged with sedition for the anti-government views expressed in his magazine, which published a draft “Republic of Taiwan constitution” in 1988.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 April 2009 12:07 ) Read more...
 


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Newsflash

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) suggested yesterday that a campaign against President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in 2012 should have one aim: replacing a Beijing-centric government with one that is more focused on Taiwan.

His remarks come after the Chinese-language United Daily News quoted sources close to the former president as saying that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should look for political figures outside the party for its nominees prior to 2012.