Ex-Pres­i­dent Chen could be re­leased to­day

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

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.

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