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Court rejects ex-president's medical parole objections

Court rejects ex-president's medical parole objections

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) A court on Friday rejected an appeal by former President Chen Shui-bian to overturn the Agency of Corrections' denial of his request for medical parole. The Taiwan High Court rejected Chen's appeal on the grounds that the case did not fall under the court's jurisdiction, and it suggested that the former president file an administrative suit against the decision of the agency, which is under the Ministry of Justice.
The Justice Ministry reiterated earlier this week that its most recent assessment of Chen's condition in late October found that he did not meet the requirements for medical parole. The ministry, however, left the door open for Chen to pursue his release, including appealing his case in court. It also suggested that if Chen were to apply for medical parole again, the team conducting the medical assessment of his condition would be expanded to include doctors recommended by the medical sector and his family members. Chen was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined NT$250 million (US$8.01 million) after he stepped down as president in May 2008 for his role in a series of corruption cases. He began serving his sentence on Nov. 11, 2010 and is now being held in Taichung Prison. His family members and supporters say he is in declining health. (By Liu Shih-yi and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-10-16 18:02 GMT+08:00