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Aide to ex-President Chen sentenced to seven years for corruption
【Society】2014-11-20  20:43:00
Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) An aide to former President Chen Shui-bian was sentenced to seven years in prison and had his civil rights stripped for five years by the Supreme Court Thursday for accepting bribes while in office, marking the definitive end to a case that has been making its way through the court system for eight years.

Former Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Chen Che-nan (no relation to the former president), 73, will have to serve out his sentence following the final verdict.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office said it has taken measures to prevent Chen Che-nan from fleeing the country by air or by sea and will be subject to monitoring by judicial police.

Chen Che-nan was charged in 2006 with leveraging his position in the Presidential Office in 2002 for influence peddling.

The court found that he accepted NT$6 million (US$194,118) from Liang Po-hsun, a former construction company chairman who was embroiled in a legal case, to clear the charges against him.

Despite the bribe, Liang was convicted in the breach-of-trust case against him and chose to expose the bribery in 2004.

Prosecutors indicted Chen Che-nan in 2006. He later returned the money to Liang.

(By Page Tsai, Liu Shih-yi and Lilian Wu)
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