On November 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Republic of China reduced the sentences of former president Chen Shui-bian and his wife. The two had each been sentenced to 12-year prison terms on charges for bribery, which was reduced to 11 years each. The two were indicted on suspicion of taking more than US$20 million in bribes from companies that had hoped to protect themselves from Chen's financial reform policies. Since 2006, he and his wife have been involved in several lawsuits related to corruption, and were both sentenced to life in prison on additional charges of embezzlement, receiving bribes, forgery and money laundering in September 2009.
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