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Ex-president to receive medical attention March 7

Ex-president to receive medical attention March 7

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) Jailed former President Chen Shui-bian will get medical attention under a security detail at the Taoyuan General Hospital near Taipei Prison later in the week, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said Monday. Deputy Justice Minister Chen Shou-huang said the hospital called a medical care meeting that afternoon and reached the decision that Chen should be brought in for examination Wednesday. "If needed, the former president can be accompanied by his family members and physicians he trusts," Chen Shou-huang said. The announcement came after 13 opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators called on the MOJ earlier in the day to express concern about the progress of a request to seek medical attention for the former president, who is serving a 17.5-year term for corruption during his tenure as president. The lawmakers questioned whether the prison had deliberately postponed arrangements to accede to such a request. Hsu Tain-tsair, one of the legislators, also asked the MOJ to "openly publish the standard procedure used for inmates seeking medical attention escorted by security guards." Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu said the former president's request for medical attention was dealt with according to the regulations and that it was not treated differently to requests by any other inmates. The former president applied for a checkup last month for a gastrointestinal disorder, with test results showing Chen to be generally in good health, although the possibility of colon cancer was not ruled out. (By Huang Yi-han and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-17 13:07 GMT+08:00