The Taipei District Court has cleared former President Chen Shui-bian in the
slander charges brought against him by former navy admiral Lei Xue-ming and
other navy officials.
Opposition DPP lawmaker Lai Qing-de and Xu Guo-yong, co-defendants in the
same case, have also been acquitted.
The verdict says that Lei and others had already been impeached by the
Control Yuan and indicted on corruption charges before Chen, Lai and Xu in
2005 publicly accused Lei of taking 20 million U.S. dollars in kick-backs
when purchasing French Lafayette frigates.
The verdict says therefore Lei's reputation was something that "the public
could comment on."