扁另爆料越方如也介入政治。他說，有一天晚上，蔡英文坐高鐵來找他，當時越方如正在偵辦綠營首長特別費案，越透過蔡英文和他商量，說同情因馬英九特別費案 被判刑確定的前市府專員余文，要求特赦，指馬英九不會特赦余文，但他後來因故沒有同意特赦，結果偵查的結果，蔡英文獲得不起訴，越方如則起訴了其他5位綠 營首長。
Chen blames Beijing for his arrest
By Robin Kwong in Taipei
Published: February 23 2009 02:00 | Last updated: February 23 2009 02:00
Chen Shui-bian, the former Taiwan president in detention in the island's biggest corruption case, has admitted to not properly managing his family's finances, but maintained he was not corrupt and that his prosecution has been politically motivated.
"My wife wired money abroad without my know-ledge," Mr Chen told the Financial Times from the prison where he is being held in solitary confinement. "That was certainly wrong. I didn't manage my family well and for that I have to take moral and political responsibility."
Dressed in a greyuniform and watched closely by a prison guard, Mr Chen, in his first remarks to the media since his indictment in December, said his arrest and trial was prompted by Beijing's hatred of him.
Outside the visitors' room, in the middle of the prison courtyard, a large stone sign was painted with the Chinese words: "Within the law, everyone is free." Mr Chen's case has raised questions of judicial independence and fairness in Taiwan. Mr Chen, who practised law before entering politics, said: "I respect the judicial process, but I don't believe in it. I am even disappointed in it."
He and his family are accused of taking millions in illicit money - through embezzling a special state fund and accepting bribes from prominent businessmen - and laundering it abroad during his eight years in office.
Mr Chen's wife and son have in recent weeks pleaded guilty to charges including money laundering, but members of the Chen family deny corruption charges. The former cashier in Mr Chen's presidential office this week pleaded guilty to graft, dealing a further blow to the former president's case.
Details of Mr Chen's arrest, indictment and trial have dominated daily conversation among the Taiwanese, and his prison diaries, published last month, are on many local bestseller lists. For many, his image as a champion of democracy and Taiwanese identity has been badly tarnished.
"In the short term, my situation is a setback to the Taiwan independence movement, but it does not affect the long-term move towards that goal," Mr Chen said.
He added that even if he was convicted, others would take up the fight. "No one is irreplaceable. Taiwan independence and its democratisation are inevitable paths."
Mr Chen's thinly veiled agenda of promoting independence riled Beijing, which is watching his trial closely. While the communist government has never ruled Taiwan, it claims sovereignty over the island and backs the claim with the threat of military force.
"Everyone knows that this is 100 per cent a political case," Mr Chen said. "Since this is a political case, it's subject to the rise and fall of politics. It's not like I've never been detained before. I was locked up here for eight months," he said, referring to a spell during Taiwan's martial law period in the early 1980s.
If found guilty he could spend the rest of his life in prison. On Friday, Mr Chen began a second hunger strike against what he claimed was misconduct by prosecutors in handling his case.
Editorial Comment, Page 10
Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2009