The money laundering saga of self-proclaimed son-of-Taiwan Chen Shuibian continues.
On Wednesday, Chen Shuibian’s son Chen Chih-chung and daughter-in-law Huang Jui-ching both pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in exchange for leniency.
According to China Times, the main terms of the plead bargain includes:
1. Cooperating with authorities to recover deposits in Swiss and Scottish banks totaling NT$700 million (21 million USD);
2. Returning NT$740 million stashed in safe deposit box and NT$540 million (17+ millions USD) wired to Switzerland;
3. Cooperating with on-going investigations to discover any additional overseas bank accounts;
4. Persuading the former First Lady to return cash and jewelry left with friends in Taiwan and Japan for safekeeping, totaling NT$600 million (20 million USD);
5. Pleading guilty (after much private deliberation);
6. Apologizing to society at large; and
7. Persuading the former First Lady to appear in court.
I think it’s about time that members of Chen’s immediate family finally admit guilt in this embarrassing soap opera.
But while some of the shame and guilt projected by Chen’s son and daughter-in-law in court on Wednesday may be genuine, should the Taiwanese people so readily accept the apologies at such face value?
After all – the Chen family has thus far all but stonewalled justice at every corner with every opportunity they’ve got.
In the mean time, the indicted former president, Chen Shuibian, has steadfastly stuck to his story of innocence, recently publishing in prison a politically intriguing memoir titled “Taiwan’s Cross To Bear.”
In the memoir, Chen explained how tirelessly he has bore the burden of the entire hopes and aspirations of the Taiwanese people and how the money laundering charges have all been conspired by political rivals to blackmail his family.
[This post has been edited by Allen. To the extent it is biased and flawed, please attribute the faults to Allen.]