Taiwan’s Ex-President Rejects Defamation Charges

From AFP:

Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian on Monday insisted he was not guilty of defamation claims brought against him, as opponents of the pro-independence leader protested outside the courthouse.

Chen, who retired in May after eight years in power, has been sued by five retired military officers for saying they had taken 20 million US dollars in kickbacks in connection with a controversial deal to buy frigates from France.

The former president, a lawyer by training, is representing himself in the suit, which marks the first time a former leader has been subpoenaed as a defendant in a legal case.

Read also Ex-President Chen kicked in the rear at his first court appearance from The China Post.


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