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Ex-president 'surprised' by indictment

2011/06/30 14:33:30

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Former President Lee Teng-hui was said to be shocked by a decision by local prosecutors to indict him Thursday on charges of embezzling state funds during his tenure in office from 1988 through 2000, according to one of his aides.

Lee "felt surprised" to learn of the indictment, said Wang Yang-chun, director of Lee's office.

Wang declined to offer further comment save to say that the former president will defend his innocence.

Lee's office was expected to issue a statement on the case later in the day.

Lee, along with Liu Tai-ying, founder of the Taiwan Research Institute, is accused of having embezzled some US$7.79 million from a national security fund when he was president.

(By Sophia Yeh and Alex Jiang)