Detained former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian is trying to postpone the corruption trial against him, due to begin on Monday. Through his lawyer, Chen filed a formal request yesterday in Taipei District Court, asking to have the trial delayed for a month on the grounds that his defence team has not had enough time to read all the documents related to the charges against him. 'Because the case is extremely complicated, with more than 100 documents prepared by the prosecutors as evidence to back their charges, we do not have enough time to finish reading them before the court hearing next week,' said Shih Yi-lin, one of Chen's lawyers. He said the legal team had been unable to obtain the documents compiled by prosecutors concerning the embezzlement charges against the ex-president, making it unfair for Chen to go on trial. The court has scheduled a three-day hearing. Chen was indicted on December 12 on charges of taking bribes in two land development cases, money-laundering and embezzlement of secret state funds. Because the embezzlement case involved state funds for confidential diplomatic missions, most of the prosecutor's documents were not released to the lawyers. Mr Shih said discussions with Chen over the embezzlement charges were also restricted by a rule that limits his meetings with his lawyers to 30 minutes a day. Chen was first detained in November on suspicion of corruption. He was released without bail on the same day he was indicted. However, prosecutors sought his continued detention on the grounds that he could flee the island or tamper with evidence if freed. The request was granted, and Chen returned to the Taipei Detention Centre in Tucheng on December 30. Mr Shih said he would file another request in court for Chen's release on bail today. Legal experts said the chances of a postponement were even. The court is expected to make its decision on Monday. If the motion is denied, the preliminary hearing will then begin. Chen has been trying to stay in the public eye since his detention. Through comments by lawyers and friends to the media, he has managed to let the public know what he is doing and thinking. According to Kaohsiung city councillor Cheng Hsin-chu, who visited Chen at the detention centre yesterday, the ex-president may release his first book as soon as this weekend. 'The book, entitled The Cross of Taiwan, is about what he thought during his 32 days in detention,' Mr Cheng said. An extract from the 100,000-word book was released by Next Magazine, detailing a dream Chen had on November 19 - a week after he was detained - that he would run for president for a third time. 'I dreamt that I was designated to replace another candidate to run for president several days before the election,' he writes, and adds that if he were to become president in 2012, he would serve for one term and without pay. By law, Chen can run again four years after his second term ends.