Taiwan’s High Court on Friday upheld its earlier decision to keep former President Chen Shui-bian in detention after the Supreme Court ordered it to hold a hearing on the matter, an official said.
The Supreme Court had questioned the High Court’s contention two weeks ago that Chen posed a flight risk while he appeals his life sentence on wide-ranging graft charges.
After a four-hour hearing, court spokesman Wen Yao-wen said it decided to keep Chen in detention out of concern he may still flee the island if released.
“The defendant knows about ways to escape better than ordinary people,” Wen said early Friday. “As he and his family own significant assets abroad, he can still afford an affluent lifestyle overseas.”