Corruption is a major problem in some countries. The Taiwan's former president was held accountable for embezzlement.

"TAIPEI, Taiwan — The long-running corruption case against Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian is putting the island's legal system to the test — one that some analysts say it is in danger of failing.

The three months since his arrest on charges of embezzling public funds, taking bribes and money laundering have seen almost continuous wrangling over the initial decision to grant him bail.

Prosecutors finally got their way in late December when the original judge in the case was removed. The man who replaced him ordered that the former president be remanded in custody, pending a trial that could see him jailed for life.

A corrupted society could potentially lead to weaker economic growth, because corruption acts as a tax on a country's economy."