Taiwan court overturns former leader's conviction

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Posted: Aug 25, 2011 11:12 PM
Taiwan court overturns former leader's conviction

A Taiwanese court has overturned the conviction of former President Chen Shui-bian on charges of embezzling state funds. The move is not expected to impact the 17-year sentence he is serving on more serious charges.

In Friday's decision, the High Court modified a previous finding and acquitted Chen of embezzling $3.15 million from a special presidential fund.

However, it affirmed that Chen had forged documents in the case.

The main part of Chen's sentence was handed down in September 2009 and relates to his conviction on charges of accepting some $9 million in bribes.