Lawyer to question change in judges Taiwan's jailed former president Chen Shui-bian will launch a fresh appeal today against his detention, while the detention centre where he is imprisoned has set up a team of bodyguards to ensure his safety and privacy. Chen's lawyer, Cheng Wen-lung, said that he would submit an appeal to the Taipei District Court for his client because prosecutors had feared he might flee or collude with witnesses. Chen was back in custody after a 12-hour bail hearing in the court last Tuesday on December 30. Mr Cheng said the marathon hearing, chaired by a different judge from the one who had ruled twice before that Chen should be released, had been motivated by political reasons because 'it's illegal to change judge in the same case'. The first two district court decisions were made by Judge Chou Chan-chun, who ruled that Chen could be released following his indictment on December 12, after spending more than a month in custody. Judge Chou allowed his initial ruling to stand after the island's High Court ordered a review, prompting the High Court to order a second rehearing. As a result, the High Court appointed Judge Tsai Shou-hsun, who is also in charge of Chen's wife's corruption case, and two other assessors to take over the case last week. Chen, 57, is charged with collaborating with his wife, Wu Shu-chen, in embezzlement, forging documents and money laundering. According to the 209-page indictment, the amount involved in the corruption included NT$141 million (HK$33 million) in embezzled secret state funds and bribes of NT$100 million and US$8.73 million from developers over two projects. Meanwhile, Taiwanese media said Jeffrey Koo Jnr, former vice-chairman of the Taipei-based Chinatrust Financial Holding who was released on bail over his alleged role in Chen's corruption case last month, had confessed to prosecutors that he gave more than NT$290 million in cash to Chen and his wife in seven instalments from 2002 to 2005. Koo said the couple had wanted him to give the money in cash as so-called political contributions to avoid leaving a paper trail. But in 2004, Chen asked Koo to give him NT$65 million because 'all the money entering Wu's pocket never returns'. Prosecutors said they were still investigating how the cash was used. Meanwhile, in an effort to protect him from harassment or reprisals by political enemies, and to avoid media taking his picture when he goes out for exercise, an emergency response team has been set up to watch over Chen, the official Broadcasting Corporation of China said yesterday. Taiwanese media said the centre had also prohibited visitors from bringing any food or presents which are 'potentially dangerous' to Chen. Huang Yung-tien, a pro-independence activist from Tainan who visited Chen yesterday, complained to the media that some local specialities like rice cakes and rice dumplings made by Chen's wife had all been rejected because it was 'hard to make sure they were safe using security check equipment'.