Yeh is the first to be convicted in the many corruption scandals surrounding Chen. Chen was arrested [JURIST report] in November on suspicion of embezzling money from the state affairs fund. Chen, the former leader of the now-opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) [party website, in Mandarin] who resigned the presidency in May 2008, has maintained his innocence and has said that the investigation is a political attack by members of the ruling Kuomintang Party [party website]. Chen spent eight months in prison twenty-one years ago for defaming Nationalist leaders. In September, he was cleared [JURIST report] on more recent defamation charges.
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