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Feb 10, 2009

Former First Lady's trial

Taiwan News:

Attention will focus on whether Wu will use her court appearance to follow the example of her son and her daughter-in-law Huang Jui-ching and plead guilty to some or all of the charges.
TVBS is reporting she HAS pleaded guilty to forgery of documents but not to corruption.

Update: very latest from ICRT:
A high profile court session for former first lady Wu Shu-zhen wrapped up
about an hour ago ... with Wu admitting guilt to less serious charges against

Wu was wheeled into the Taipei District Court shortly before 1:30 this
afternoon for a court session that lasted more than two hours.

During the hearing ... Wu said she had used unrelated unified invoices to
claim money from a special presidential fund for state affairs ... but that
the money didn't go into her own pocket.

She also admitted she had taken money in a land deal in Taoyuan ... and an
exhibition hall project in suburban Taipei ... but said the money was not
bribes, but political contributions.

After the hearing wrapped up Wu made a short statement ... saying she
regretted having gotten involved in such things ... and apologizing for the
social costs the whole affair has incurred.

She also said she that if her health allows it ... she will show up for
future hearings when she's called.

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