Taiwan’s Ex-president Chen Rejects Embezzlement Charges

From AFP:

Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian on Wednesday rejected allegations that he embezzled nearly 500,000 US dollars in state funds, telling prosecutors he had done nothing wrong.

“I was not corrupt,” Chen told reporters after he was questioned for more than four hours by prosecutors over his alleged wrongdoing.

The questioning came one month after President Ma Ying-jeou declassified documents that allegedly implicate Chen — mainly receipts and records relating to the former leader’s use of special expenses from 2000-2006.

“I did not take money out of the special expenses and put it into my own pockets, nor did I funnel it abroad,” Chen said.

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