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Former presidential aide jailed for taking bribe
【Society】2014-12-01  22:02:27
Kaohsiung, Dec. 1 (CNA) Chen Che-nan, a senior aide in President Chen Shui-bian's administration, began serving a seven-year jail term for corruption at a Kaohsiung prison on Monday.

Chen, 73, whose household is registered in the southern port city, was ordered to present himself to Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office by 2 p.m. Monday to serve his sentence handed down by the Supreme Court on Nov. 20. He showed up 10 minutes prior to the deadline.

A Presidential Office deputy secretary-general from 2000 to 2004 under then President Chen Shui-bian (no relation), Chen Che-nan also had his civil rights deprived for five years by the Supreme Court, which made the final ruling eight years after his court battle began.

After the court rendered its verdict on Nov. 20, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office took measures to prevent Chen Che-nan from fleeing the country by air or by sea, including putting him under monitoring by judicial police.

Chen Che-nan was charged in 2006 with leveraging his position at the Presidential Office in 2002 to peddle influence.

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 on charges of taking a bribe.

(By Cheng Chi-feng and S.C. Chang)
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