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Chen Shui-bian gets life

Former president Chen Shui-bian walks behind barbed wire inside the Taipei Detention Center in Tucheng, Taipei County, yesterday before the Taipei District Court sentenced him to life in prison.

The Taipei District Court yesterday sentenced former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his wife to life in prison after handing down a guilty verdict in the graft trial against the former first couple and 11 co-defendants.

The verdict makes Chen the first former president in the country’s history to be indicted and convicted.


Ma’s choice of Chu more popular than that of Wu

Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) appointment as premier was not as popular as that of vice premier-designate Eric Chu (朱立倫), polls showed yesterday.

A survey conducted by the TVBS Poll Center on Monday night found that 61 percent of respondents said Chu, Taoyuan County commissioner and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice chairman, was suitable for his new job, while 12 percent said he was unsuitable and 27 percent did not give an opinion.


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People place lilies in front of the 228 Massacre Monument yesterday after a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of the 228 Incident at Taipei’s 228 Memorial Park.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

On the 71st anniversary of the 228 Incident, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday pledged to ascertain responsibility for the 228 Massacre, as she called for reconciliation and promised increased efforts to uncover and make public more information about the massacre and past authoritarian injustices.