More Followups on Chen Verdict

Mr. Turton has collected many reactions and statements from international media, different organization and people:

I find the response from Mr. Cohen in the video very interesting.  I think he gave a fair view and criticism on the Chen case, and I applauds his clear response to the media’s question.  Well done, Mr. Cohen.  For me, it is also nice to see and hear for the first time the man whose name has been mentioned numerous time before.  I am a bit surprised of how old he is.

It is also interesting because Mr. Cohen made this statement after his meeting with Ma, his former student, and hear Ma’s ignorant lie a few days ago, before Chen’s verdict.  From Taipei Times:

In related news, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday told guests at the Presidential Office that there was much room for improvement in terms of solidifying the rule of law in Taiwan, but congratulated himself for what he said was his careful exercise of power.


‘I’d like to leave a legacy of building a country based on the rule of law,” he said. “That is the main reason why I am willing to find time to see you today.’

The president made the remarks while meeting his former mentor Jerome Cohen at the Presidential Office yesterday morning.

Those that follow closely Ma’s actions over the past few years will immediately realize what a big lie he is making.  Ma has proven his lack of respect to the rule of law during his time as Taipei City mayor and as the president.  Examples include his refusal to pay for Taipei City’s health care during time as the mayor even after the court rule that the Taipei City should pay (approximately $300,000,000 NTD if I remember correctly, and if we count the interests…probably a lot more).  Even now, Taipei City government refuses to pay.

Also, if one reads carefully those statements, one can also detect the subtle sense of arrogance from Ma.  In any case, it seems Mr. Cohen did not buy Ma’s lies.  That is good, because I think before Ma is able to fool Cohen, but now even Cohen seems to realize Ma’s problem.

The funny thing is, the relationship between Ma and Cohen keeps reminding me of the relationship between Darth Vader and Obi-wan Kenobi in Star Wars…


D. Vader "When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master!" O. Kenobi "Only a master of evil, Darth."

PS. It is also worth to say it again and again as a reminder.  The problem is not whether Chen is innocent or not, but the unfair treatment, bias and hatred.  What Taiwan really needs is a fair trial of Chen, a trial of Law and evidences.  However, so far, KMT, using its strong influence in the judiciary system and media, has used the court as a way of political revenge and vendetta.


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