A Taiwanese court ordered former President Chen Shui-bian held on corruption charges today, an ignominious decision for a man who won acclaim for standing up to China with pro-independence policies.
The ruling came at the end of a 21-hour court hearing that began with lengthy interrogation Tuesday but was interrupted by a trip to the hospital and didn't conclude until dawn today. Chen had complained that he was hurt while being transported to court. Doctors found he had sustained a minor muscle tear
Chen, who has denied any wrongdoing, was ordered detained under an order that does not constitute an indictment. He can be held for four months before being formally charged.
The detention was part of a widening corruption investigation that has already ensnared several of Chen's senior aides, as well as his wife, son, daughter and brother- in-law, each of whom has been named a defendant in the case.