資料來源:BBC


Taiwan court orders Chen arrest

A court in Taiwan has ordered former President Chen Shui-bian, who faces corruption charges, to be taken into detention.

Court proceedings had been suspended on Tuesday, when Mr Chen said he needed hospital treatment after being pushed outside the court building.

He was returned to court for an overnight sitting after doctors found he had only a minor muscle tear.

The former president, who stepped down in May, denies all the charges.

He is accused of money laundering and illegally using a special presidential fund.

But Mr Chen, a staunch nationalist, accuses the new administration of persecuting him to bow to the wishes of Beijing.

Mr Chen is an ardent supporter of Taiwanese independence, and a trenchant critic of President Ma Ying-jeou's Kuomintang (KMT) administration, which he accuses of pandering to Beijing.

Mr Chen and his family have been mired in corruption allegations since 2006, when his son-in-law was charged with insider trading on the stock market and then jailed for seven years.

The charges have damaged the reputation of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), observers say, which now faces a rough ride in local elections next year.

Taiwan has been ruled separately since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949; the defeated Kuomintang retreated to Taiwan to create a self-governing entity.

But Beijing sees the island as a breakaway province which should be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary.

 


corruption : dishonest, illegal, or immoral behaviour, especially from someone with power
    immoral : 不道德的;邪惡的;墮落的

detention : the state of being kept in prison

proceeding : 行動;動作;處置

accuse : to say that you believe someone is guilty of a crime or of doing something bad (被告, 被控告的)

launder : to put money which has been obtained illegally into legal businesses and bank accounts, so that you can hide it or use it
    money laundering : 洗錢

staunch : giving strong loyal support to another person, organization, belief etc

nationalist : a nationalist organization, party etc wants to gain or keep political independence for their country and people(民族主義)

persecute : to treat someone cruelly or unfairly over a period of time, especially because of their religious or political beliefs

ardent : showing strong positive feelings about an activity and determination to succeed at it (熱情的)

trenchant : expressed very strongly, effectively, and directly without worrying about offending people (尖銳的)

critic someone whose job is to make judgments about the good and bad qualities of art, music, films etc [= reviewer] (評論者)

pander : pander to someone/something = to give someone anything they want in order to please them, even if it seems unreasonable or unnecessary - used to show disapprov 

mired : mired in = 陷入泥中

allegation : a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal, but that has not been proved

reputation : he opinion that people have about someone or something because of what has happened in the past (名聲)
    opinion : your ideas or beliefs about a particular subject (信念;意見;看法)

observer : someone who regularly watches or pays attention to particular things, events, situations etc (觀察者)

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