A-bien’s son hopes dad can come to ban­quet


Chen Chi-chung ( ) sought the at­ten­dance of his fa­ther, for­mer-Pres­i­dent Chen Shui-bian ( ), at a ban­quet planned for May by the Ke­ta­galan In­sti­tute (

). The ex-pres­i­dent’s son posted his com­ments yes­ter­day on his Face­book page, adding that his fa­ther only wants to take the op­por­tu­nity to thank his friends, “not to sound off on pol­i­tics.”

The for­mer pres­i­dent was re­leased on med­i­cal pa­role on Jan. 5 and has since been re­sid­ing at the Chen fam­ily res­i­dence in Kaoh­si­ung. He has served six years of a life sen­tence at Taichung Pri­son (

), which was sub­se­quently re­duced to 19 years.

The of­fice of the for­mer pres­i­dent says that Chen’s at­ten­dance is con­di­tional on his cur­rent state of health and whether or not ap­proval is granted by the Min­istry of Jus­tice. Chen’s son added that in the past six years, his fa­ther has not had the op­por­tu­nity to thank those who have sup­ported him through­out the years due to his pri­son term.

The Ke­ta­galan In­sti­tute was es­tab­lished by Chen and other mem­bers of the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) in 2003. The ban­quet, which will com­mem­o­rate a decade since the In­sti­tute’s estab­lish­ment, will be at­tended by DPP heavy­weights in­clud­ing the In­sti­tute’s Chair­man Chen Tan-shan ( ), Leg­is­la­tor Gao Jyh-peng (

), and Leg­is­la­tor Chen Chi­mai ( ). Chen Chi-chung is ex­pected also to per­son­ally in­vite DPP Chair­woman and 2016 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Tsai Ing-wen (

) and for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent An­nette Lu ( ).

The event is set for May 1 with

80 ban­quet ta­bles planned.

Of­fi­cials of the Taichung Pri­son stated yes­ter­day that Chen’s plans to at­tend the ban­quet do not meet with the con­di­tions of his med­i­cal pa­role, though they have yet to re­ceive a writ­ten re­quest from Chen or his fam­ily mem­bers. Re­ports in­di­cate that since the event is not re­lated to med­i­cal treat­ment, the like­li­hood of the Chen fam­ily fil­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion is low.

Chen served as R.O.C. pres­i­dent from 2000-2008, and was sub­se­quently con­victed on cor­rup­tion charges af­ter he left of­fice. The Taichung Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice ruled in Jan­uary that Chen be al­lowed med­i­cal pa­role for a pe­riod of one month, set­ting bail at NT$2 mil­lion.

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