Chen Holds Press Conference to Proclaim Innocence 陳水扁說明國務機要費案 稱無不法所得

Former President Chen Shui-bian is currently on "medical parole" and convened an international press conference on April 7, hoping to claim his innocence in the misuse of state affairs fund case.


Chen Shui-bian, Former President: “Honor is the second most important thing in life.”

Former President Chen Shui-bian convened an international press conference on April 7 to claim his innocence. He said he is not guilty of corruption, and brandished evidence showing that there were 21 payments from the state affairs fund that totaled NT$133 million, which far exceeded the public intake of NT$104 million. Chen was indicted in 2008 for misusing the state affairs fund. He also cited the acquittal of former President Ma Ying-jeou in a case involving the use of special funds during his time as Taipei mayor, and accused the judicial system of double standards.

Chen Shui-bian, Former President: “Like I just said, the 21 payments totaled NT$133 million. These were all official business expenditures, so that is one very big difference compared to Ma Ying-jeou. I believe that as long as there are no double standards, everyone can use this as a reference and I hope everyone can make a comparison.”

Chen was sentenced to life in 2008 for his misuse of the state affairs fund. He appealed, and in the end the Taiwan High Court ruled he was innocent in a first ruling. The Supreme Court rejected the sentence and the second hearing is ongoing. Chen was released from prison on medical parole and his case has been suspended. The Chen family lawyer says his wife, who is also a defendant, should get the same treatment. Chen held the press conference one day before the next court session on April 8. There are also questions about whether holding this press conference violated the terms of his medical parole. He said this is a technicality, and the most important thing is to explain to the public the facts disclosed during past closed trials.

Chen Shui-bian, Former President: “Did my expenditures for official business exceed the intake? Did I profit illegally? These are what you should be focusing on. Your focus on technical issues is so pedantic. Look at me, I'm brave enough to hold this press conference to proclaim my innocence.”

Deputy Justice Minister Tsai Pi-chung attended a legislative interpellation on April 7 and refused to answer any questions about whether Chen violated his medical parole terms by holding the press conference.

Tsai Pi-chung, Deputy Justice Minister: “Sorry, sorry.”

Lin Chin-ching, Warden, Taichung Prison: “Everything will be looked at and assessed based on facts. ”

Taichung Prison said it will collect related evidence to conduct an assessment. Chen was asked if he expects President Tsai Ing-wen to pardon him. He said he doesn't have any expectations because it's impossible.

 

 

 

 

強調沒有不法所得,還拿出資料證明,21項因公支出1.33億大於因公收入1.04億,前總統陳水扁為了纏訟將近16年的國務機要費案舉行國際記者會,還拿前總統馬英九在台北市長任內的特別費案獲判無罪為例,質疑司法有雙重標準。

前總統陳水扁表示:「我們全部都是,如同剛才所講的,光是21項就高達1億3000多萬,而因公支出,所以跟馬英九還是有很大的一個不同,那我相信只要沒有雙標,大家可以做一個參考,也請各位能夠做一個比較。」

陳水扁國務機要費案從97年一審判處無期徒刑,一路打到高院更一審判決無罪,目前最高法院發回高院更二審審理中,不過陳水扁部分因為保外就醫停審,陳家辯護律師主張陳水扁夫人吳淑珍的部分也應連帶停止審理,陳水扁正好在下次開庭4月8日的前一天舉行記者會,時間點耐人尋味。另外,保外就醫舉行記者會是否違反規定?陳水扁強調這是技術性問題,重點在於要把過去機密審理的事實向國人說清楚。

陳水扁指出:「我的因公支出,是不是有超過因公收入,我有不法所得嗎?那才是重點。所以你們說到最後,說到在技術性的問題,那太小兒科了,對我來說,既然我敢開這個記者會,我為了我的清白,我要做有力的辯護。」

法務部次長蔡碧仲7日到立院備詢時,對於陳水扁保外就醫舉行記者會是否違反規定不願回應。

台中監獄典獄長林錦清說:「每一個事情都去,去認定啦,再去按照事實去評估。」

台中監獄表示會蒐集相關事證進行評估。另外,陳水扁也被問到是否希望總統蔡英文給予特赦,陳水扁說這是個沒有期待可能性的問題,何必多此一問,不要想太多。

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