December 12, 2008 -- Updated 1132 GMT (1932 HKT)

 (CNN) -- Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian was indicted Friday on several corruption charges, including embezzlement and accepting bribes.

The former president, whose term ended in May, is accused of embezzling 600 million New Taiwan Dollars ($18 million). Prosecutors say he also took bribes, laundered money and illegally removed classified documents from the president's office.

Chen, 58, has denied any wrongdoing and insists the charges are politically motivated.

His party favors independence for Taiwan , while the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou favors closer ties with mainland China .

The felony charges could carry 25 years or more in prison if Chen is convicted, although the prosecutors did not call for any specific jail time in the indictment.

Chen, who has been jailed for the past month, will next go before a judge who will decide if he can be freed on bail.

Thirteen others, including Chen's wife, son, daughter-in-law and wife's brother, have been indicted along with Chen.

Prosecutors said Chen's son has a Swiss bank account with $22 million believed to be illegal proceeds.


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