Taiwan’s Leader Admits Lies, but Says He Won’t Step Down – Patrick Smith

From The New York Times:

President Chen Shui-bian admitted Sunday that he submitted false receipts for reimbursement from public funds and lied to prosecutors about how he spent the money, but said he had done so in the interest of national security.

The president, who twice won elections advocating steps toward formal independence from mainland China, said he spent the money on diplomatic efforts to support Taiwan. He also said he did not intend to resign his post.

Mr. Chen gave his explanation in a televised speech, his first public statements since prosecutors surprised the country on Friday by announcing that they had enough evidence to indict him on corruption charges once he was out of office.[Full Text]

Chen’s admission followed on the heels of news he had recently received support in his effort to maintain office from the Taiwan Solidarity Union party, which had previously said it might want to recall him.

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