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Chen speaks at end of corruption trial

Supporters of former president Chen Shui-bian perform a skit to protest against his continued detention yesterday outside the Taipei District Court, where Chen appeared in the final stage of his trial on corruption charges.
PHOTO: CHIEN JUNG-FONG, TAIPEI TIMES

Former president Chen Shui-bian last night began to make a statement at the end of his trial on money laundering and corruption charges at the Taipei District Court.

As of press time, Chen was still addressing the court.

After asking whether there was a time limit, the former president began to speak for the first time in weeks, almost entirely in Hoklo.

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Wu cracks jokes on last trial day

Former first lady Wu Shu-jen cracked jokes in court yesterday during her last appearance before a verdict is to be announced in September.

Presiding Judge Tsai Shou-hsun scheduled yesterday’s court date to hear closing arguments from Wu, her lawyers and the prosecution.

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Newsflash

DHARAMSHALA December 4: Photos depicting China’s brutality in Tibet and the Chinese security official’s high-handed and vulgar display of power over Tibetan monks and commoners have been leaked out of Tibet.

A Chinese website based in US - boxun.com, on Friday released eight photographs of Tibetans with their hands tied at their backs, being paraded publicly in military vehicles, escorted by security officials, and kneeling on the ground. Placards with their names and their “crimes” such as “separatist” are seen hung from their necks.