Following his arrest Mr “Chen Shui-bian thanks the outside world for its support,” his lawyer said. “He will continue to stick up for his good name.”
Mr Chen and 12 other family members and close aides are under investigation. However, the former president has always contended that he is the victim of a political plot due to his pro-independence and anti-Beijing stance.
Mainland China and the current’s President Ma Ying-jeou ruling Kuomintang have rejected the allegations.
Prosecutors said they would recommend the heaviest sentence possible for the charges.
Legal experts say the former leader could face life in prison if convicted of all the charges against him.
Mr Chen's trial is due to begin in March.
Local elections are also scheduled for next year and the Democratic Progressive Party, which Mr Chen led, faces an uphill battle because of the negative publicity surround its former leader.