Ex-President Chen could be released today
Taichung Prison received the medical assessment report of former President Chen Shui-bian (
), and has stated that it will submit the report to the Agency of Corrections (AOC) as soon as possible.
Should the process be done expediently and in time, Chen could even be released sometime today.
Chen has been imprisoned for six years out of his 20-year sentence for bribery and money laundering charges.
The former president initially had his lawyer apply for compassionate release on June. 10. The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) later determined that Chen’s diagnosis proves that his condition is not within the bounds of medical release regulations, and rejected the lawyer’s request.
Reportedly, the MOJ gave Chen three alternative forms of application, which encouraged the former president to ask his lawyer to reapply on Human Rights Day (
). As a result, the AOC assembled an assessment team of 15 medical professionals to determine if Chen’s condition would make him eligible for compassionate release. Following a third meeting on Monday, all members of the team reportedly came to an agreement, and recommended Chen for medical parole, citing spinocerebellar ataxia as the main condition for the former president’s parole.
Taichung Veterans General Hospital ( ) presented the report to Taichung Prison. A preliminary assessment, which includes clear examination results and subsequent recommendations, will be sent to the AOC today.
According to Administrative Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang ( ), following processing, the MOC would decide whether or not to approve the former president’s medical parole. Chen’s release would have a onemonth limit, but with spinocer- ebellar ataxia, Chen would likely be exempted from returning to jail after his medical release.
(Above) Workers of Taichung Prison set up barricades following news that former President Chen Shui-bian (
) is to be released soon. The news came after the prison stated that they will submit Chen’s medical assessment report to the Agency of Corrections as soon as possible.
(Right) The son of former President Chen Shui-bian ( ), Chen Chichung ( ), right, accompanies his paternal grandmother Chen Lee Shen ( ) to a temple in the Chen family’s hometown. The duo was seen going to the temple to pray for the former president’s early release.