Former Taiwan president cleared on defamation charges in frigate scandal Caitlin Price at 2:44 PM ET
[JURIST] The Taipei District Court on Tuesday cleared former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian [official profile; BBC profile] of defamation charges stemming from Taiwan's 1991 purchase of six frigates from France. Six retired Taiwanese admirals filed suit against Chen following his 2005 televised comments [DPA report] suggesting that the group received $20 million in improper kickbacks from the deal. The court held [Radio Australia report] that Chen's comments did not constitute slander because the matter was appropriate for public scrutiny. Following the verdict, one of the five living plaintiffs said the the group will appeal the decision. AFP has more.
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