(Taipei) The Formosa Association for Human Rights, a Taiwanese-American organization, today concluded a two-week investigation into the circumstances of former President Chen Shui-bian’s prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment.
A two-member team, Michael Richardson and Mary Loan, travelled to Taiwan from the United States to conduct the inquiry on behalf of the organization. Team leader Richardson said the assignment was to “follow the truth” about Chen’s case.
The FAHR team met with former President Chen in his hospital room to discuss the case. Interviews were also conducted with legislators, attorneys, doctors, professors, authors, and human rights activists.
Richardson said a formal report will not be ready for several weeks but that preliminary findings clearly establish that President Chen did not receive a fair trial.
Richardson said, “First, there are structural problems with Taiwan’s justice system under the Republic of China. No jury trials, politically appointed judges, and the ability of prosecutors to appeal not-guilty verdicts all serve to create opportunity for judicial abuse.”
Richardson continued, ”Second, in President Chen’s case, a number of unusual and irregular procedural events cast serious doubt on the fairness of his trial. The changing of judges, midnight court sessions, an after-hours skit by prosecutors mocking President Chen at a holiday party, apparent improper communication between the court and the prosecution, and restricted attendance for the public.”
Richardson concluded, “Third, there were the classic indicators of an unfair trial. Perjured testimony, a prosecution deal, and recanted testimony.”
Richardson said, “The harsh prison conditions, which shock the conscience, point to President Chen as a political prisoner or someone subject to a vendetta.”
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由邁克爾·理查森(Michael Richardson) 和瑪麗龍 (Mary Loan) 兩名成員組成的團隊，從美國到台灣代表FAHR進行調查。團隊負責人理查森表示他們的任務是“追踪真相”來了解陳水扁案件。
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