On September 23, 2009, Taiwan prosecutors indicted former president Chen Shui-bian, less than two weeks after Chen was sentenced to life in prison on other corruption charges. The new charge accused Chen of embezzling $330,000 from funds he received to travel overseas while president. Chen denied the charge and appealed for its dismissal. Chen, who has always maintained his innocence, sought to apply US law in the case against him, claiming that former colonial power Japan never transferred power over Taiwan to its current government.
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