Taiwan's Supreme Court ordered a lower court to hold a new hearing later Thursday on former President Chen Shui-bian's monthslong detention and questioned whether he was a flight risk.The Supreme Court points out that the High Court has not "made it clear what evidence they have" that Chen has a case stash overseas. Pretty amazing statement. How long can this sudden burst of reason and logic last in such a case?
The move comes two weeks after the High Court ordered Chen to remain in a suburban Taipei jail while he appeals his life sentence on wide-ranging graft charges.
The High Court's decision said that Chen was a flight risk and that he was still hiding significant assets overseas. But on Thursday, the Supreme Court questioned those arguments.
"The High Court has not made it clear what evidence they have to say Chen is still hiding money abroad," it said. "As a former president, Chen will also be protected and watched by National Security Bureau details when he is free, so he should not be able to flee the country."
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- September piece from Commonwealth on Taiwanese fear of links with China. The poll data is in, and it doesn't support Ma. Here's a longer study of the issue.
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