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Guatemala ex-president released from US jail
February 26, 2015
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement charges and extrad....... [more]

Amnesty: Taiwan should drop criminal charges against protesters
February 10, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday urged the Taiwanese authorities to "drop criminal charges against people solely for participating in or organizing peaceful demonstrations ... after more than 100 people were charged for protesting during the so called "Sunflower Movement." AI claims that while....... [more]

Former Taiwan president recieves medical parole
January 5, 2015
Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was granted a one-month medical parole Monday by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice for treatment of neurodegeneration. Chen, 64, is currently in the fourth year of his 20-year sentence for corruption. While in prison Chen has been suffering from depression, slee....... [more]

Statehood for Break Away Regions
October 28, 2014
JURIST is seeking the opinion of experts and practitioners on the effects that "break-away" and/or autonomous regions have on international law, and the effects that international law has on the search for statehood in these regions. Potential topics could include: Accession to international agre....... [more]

El Salvador ex-president taken into custody ahead of trial
September 21, 2014
Former El Salvador President Francisco Flores was taken into custody on Saturday after a court repealed his house arrest. Francisco is being held as he awaits trial on charges of corruption and embezzling More than USD $15 million, part of which is alleged to have come as aid from the Taiwanese gove....... [more]

Taiwan chief prosecutor sentenced to 14 months in prison for information leak
March 21, 2014
The Taipei District Court on Friday sentenced Taiwanese Prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming to 14 months in prison for passing confidential information to the country's president regarding investigations into corruption charges. The investigation referred to allegations of "influence-peddling" in the....... [more]

Former Guatemala president admits to taking bribes from Taiwan
March 20, 2014
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan in exchange for continued diplomatic recognition of the nation. Portillo read a statement before the court admitting to....... [more]

Labor rights group accuses Apple suppliers of violating labor laws
July 29, 2013
A New York-based labor rights group alleged Monday that a Taiwanese company that produces iPhones for Apple has violated labor and environmental laws in China. China Labor Watch accused Apple company, Pegatron, which assembles products including the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, of withholding....... [more]

Nokia files patent infringement suit against HTC
May 24, 2013
Finnish telecommunications company Nokia filed suit against Taiwanese company HTC Thursday for selling products in the US that infringe Nokia's patents on mobile technology. Three patents in question involve program products typically used in hand sets for a mobile phone. Thursday's suit brings the....... [more]

Taiwan president's son-in-law was sentenced to prison for insider trading
December 27, 2012
On December 27, 2006, President Chen Shui-bian's son-in-law Chao Chien-min was sentenced to six years in prison for insider trading. This was one of several scandals involving Chen and his family during his two terms as president. In October 2011, Chen was sentenced to 18 years in prison for financi....... [more]

Philippine Consistency: The One-China Policy
August 11, 2012
JURIST Columnist Edsel Tupaz of Tupaz & Associates and JURIST Guest Columnist Ira Paulo Pozon of the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines examine Philippine adherence to the One-China policy and its effect upon diplomatic relations with Taiwan through the Taiwan Economic and Cultural....... [more]


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