Taiwan court convicts former President Chen
News reports say a Taiwan court has imposed a life sentence on former President Chen Shui-bian after convicting him of corruption, AP reported.
Friday's verdict came as hundreds of Chen supporters demonstrated outside a downtown Taipei court holding flags and banners saying "free him" and "Chen's innocent."
Six TV stations say a three-judge Taipei District Court panel has found the 58-year-old Chen guilty on multiple corruption counts.
Chen was charged with embezzling $3.15 million during his 2000-2008 presidency from a special presidential fund, receiving bribes worth at least $9 million in connection with a government land deal, laundering some of the money through Swiss bank accounts, and forging documents.