Thursday, July 31, 2014   

Taiwan former first lady absent from trial again
(09-19 13:30)

The ailing wife of former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was again absent from court Friday after collapsing at the start of her trial on graft charges nearly two years ago.

Wu Shu-chen, who did not show up for the 17th time, is accused of claiming NT$14.8 million (HK$3.57 million) in personal expenses from state funds while Chen was in office.

"According to the National Taiwan University Hospital it could be life- threatening for Wu to attend court. This is a grave situation so my client decided to respect the hospital's advice,'' said her lawyer Lee Sheng-hsiung.

Chen, who left office in May, was named a suspect in the same case but escaped immediate prosecution because of presidential immunity.

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