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Ex-President Lee ill, absent from court hearing: aide

2012/06/22 13:03:40

Taipei, June 22 (CNA) Former President Lee Teng-hui has had a health relapse and was therefore absent Friday from a court hearing of corruption charges against him, one of his aides said.

Lee, 91, had planned to attend the hearing and stayed up late Thursday night to prepare his testimony, according to Wang Yen-chun, director of Lee's office.

The former president, who has coronary heart disease, felt unwell when he got up early Friday and was diagnosed by his doctor as having had a relapse of angina symptoms, Wang said.

Although Lee's condition did not warrant hospitalization, he was advised by his doctor to rest, Wang said. Lee therefore requested leave of absence from the court, through his lawyer, Wang added.

Wang said the former president was disappointed that he could not attend the hearing and will be sure to appear in court in the future.

Lee was indicted in June 2011 on charges of embezzling some US$7.79 million in national security funds during his term as president from 1988 to 2000.

The Taipei District Court was scheduled to hold its first hearing of the case Friday.

(By Tsai Pei-chi and Y.F. Low)
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