01 Jul '11, 10am

Taiwan leader denies meddling in corruption case

TAIPEI: Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday rejected accusations that he was behind a graft case implicating ex-leader Lee Teng-hui in a bid to manipulate next year's presidential polls. Lee, 88, became the second former president to face corruption charges when he was indicted on Thursday for allegedly embezzling $7.79 million from the government while in office between 1988 and 2000. Lee has maintained his innocence and his supporters accused Ma of attempting to use the case to influence the January 2012 presidential elections -- charges Ma flatly denied. "I have upheld judicial independence since I became president and I have never interfered with any case. There is no such thing as the opposition's claim that (Lee's) case is a campaign ploy or political persecution," Ma said. Lee, who still enjoys support from the island's pro-independence camp, has been a vocal ...

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