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Former first lady receives apology from prosecutors

Prosecutors in charge of investigating former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) corruption and money laundering cases apologized yesterday to former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) for saying the family still had NT$50 million (NT$1.6 million) in active bank accounts.

“The prosecution apologizes to [Wu] for mistakenly saying that the total amount the Chen family holds in [active] checking deposits is [NT$]50 million, when in fact the amount is a little more than [NT$]5 million,” said Chen Yun-nan (陳雲南), spokesperson for the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Investigative Panel (SIP).

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Walkers demand ECFA referendum

The People’s Sovereignty Movement — a 49-day protest walk to promote changes to the Referendum Act (公民投票法) and push for referendums on all cross-strait agreements — departed yesterday from Longshan Temple (龍山寺) in Taipei.

People from all walks of life — teachers, college students, shop owners, workers, social activists, Christian ministers and Buddhist monks — gathered at the square in front of the temple to sign up for the protest. Politicians such as former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) also took part.

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Newsflash

Burning body of Kalsang Kyab, 24, who set himself on fire in front of a Chinese government office in Kangtsa region of Ngaba, eastern Tibet on November 27, 2012.

DHARAMSHALA, November 27: The alarming escalation in self-immolation protests in Tibet shows no signs of abating as yet another Tibetan set himself on fire today in Ngaba region of eastern Tibet.

Kalsang Kyab, 24, set himself ablaze in front of a Chinese government office in Kangtsa town, raising slogans for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche, the exiled head of Kirti Monastery. He passed away at the site of his protest.