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Annette Lu calls for Taipei Bank takeover probe

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Former vice president Annette Lu, second left, and Taipei City councilors yesterday present evidence of wrongdoing in Fubon Bank’s 2002 takeover of Taipei Bank.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday presented more evidence which she said showed that former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was involved in the formation of Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank (台北富邦銀行) , as she demanded that prosecutors conduct a thorough investigation of the case.

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Taiwan severs official ties with Panama

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Panamanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Isabel de Saint Malo, left, shakes hands with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, during a joint press briefing yesterday after they signed a joint communique agreeing to establish diplomatic relations in Beijing.
Photo: AFP

Taiwan is cutting diplomatic ties with Panama after the Central American country switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) announced yesterday.

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US lists Taiwanese as political prisoner

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Human rights activist Lee Ming-che’s (李明哲) name has been added to the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China’s (CECC) database of political prisoners, a first step toward US efforts to help win his release.

The commission informed Lee Ming-che’s wife, Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), of its decision via a formal letter, sources said yesterday.

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Most oppose ‘one China’ as precondition

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More than 70 percent of Taiwanese reject China’s insistence that “the two sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China” as a political prerequisite for the development of cross-strait relations, a poll released by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) showed.

The poll showed that 73.4 percent of respondents do not recognize Beijing’s adherence to the “one China” principle as a political precondition and consider it an effort to treat Taiwan as a local government.

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All Japan Taiwanese Union set up

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Members of the All Japan Taiwanese Union on Sunday pose for a group photograph at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo. Photo: Chang Mao-sen, Taipei Times

A score of Taiwanese compatriot organizations in Japan got together on Sunday for the founding of the All Japan Taiwanese Union (AJTU) at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo.

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Aboriginal protest site on Ketagalan Blvd cleared

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Police yesterday use a bulldozer as Aboriginal activists are evicted from their campsite on Ketagalan Boulevard.
Photo: Cheng Hung-ta, Taipei Times

Aboriginal protesters were evicted from their campsite on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei yesterday following repeated conflicts with the police over blocking road lanes during their 100-day occupation.

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Chen Shui-bian summoned for hearing

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The Taiwan High Court has summoned former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to appear at a hearing on July 7 for a hearing on whether he is healthy enough to stand trial on several corruption charges that have been suspended on the grounds of his poor health.

The summons was issued after Judge Tseng Te-shui (曾德水) said that Chen, who is on medical parole, might now be well enough to stand trial in several cases, including an indictment for intervening in a string of bank mergers in his “Second Financial Reform” program during 2004 to 2008, his second term in office.

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Former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday appealed to the court to release him from custody so that he could defend himself at the appeals court.

Chen has been in custody since December. He and his wife, Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), were sentenced to life in prison for graft on Friday, making them the first former first family in the nation's history to be indicted and convicted.