[quote=“Mucha Man”]Of course he’s not innocent, but if much of the original trial’s verdicts are overturned then it really gives a lot mroe credence to the notion that it was a farce.
I’m not of the opinion that the entire legal system is in bed with the KMT, but it was hard to watch the first trial and not conclude that Chen was not given a fair trial.
As I’ve said all along, I want to know what he really did, so he can be judged on that, and not on the speculation and slander of his enemies.[/quote]
Yes, I think the whole process has been wonderful for the DPP, on the whole. They’ve detained him since 2008, meaning that he has been silenced, enabling Tsai to move the DPP into the post-Chen era with nary a whimper from him. He has been both detained and silenced, meaning that he isn’t out making random stupid and bombastic things that would distract from the KMT’s limitless incompetence, venality, colonialism, and authoritarianism. Had he been free, he could have severely impacted the DPP’s forward motion. Locked up and silenced, he has ceased to exist.
Internationally, since the trial is so obviously political, it has created much international criticism of the Ma government for very little benefit for that government – even among individuals predisposed not to criticize the government.
Great work by the KMT!