It keeps the name in the media, it validates their persecution of the first family, but allows them to save face internationally, with a lighter sentence, and it keeps the issue running through the next election cycle. It draws attention away from the KMT's own troubles with organizational corruption. It validates their lengthy detention of him.The judge deferred his decision on their bail until next week. I'm seriously curious to see what choice they will make. If I were the KMT I'd let him out, so he can make trouble for the DPP and also to end the international criticism of Chen's obviously political detention. The KMT news service reported Chen's lawyers' arguments:
In addition, with regard to Chen Shui-bian’s detention, his attorneys yesterday afternoon filed a petition to the appellate court, stressing that the funds the Chen family deposited in several overseas banks had been transferred back to Taiwan and that Chen Shui-bian would not flee from justice. They argued that Chen Shui-bian should be released because the rulings of the courts of first and second instances had been handed down, and there was no reason to continue to detain Chen Shui-bian by citing the risk that Chen would collude with other witnesses or destroy evidence.The political nature of Chen's detention is revealed by a simple fact: the judges made him the only individuals in Taiwan ever detained during appeal for the crimes he's accused of because he could collude with witnesses, destroy evidence, and was a flight risk. So they claimed. But his wife Wu Shu-jen remains out -- yet there is no reason that she could not do those things -- their cases are joined. Chen was detained purely to punish, no other reason.
On a hilarious note, the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) continues to waste the public's time and money on the fantasy that Chen Shui-bian had himself shot in 2004 in order to get elected. Today they dragged the President in for questioning in the "case." Because of the questioning, he did not hear the decision in the appeal until this evening.
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