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MOJ declines to confirm reports of medical parole for Chen

MOJ declines to confirm reports of medical parole for Chen

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) on Tuesday declined to confirm media reports that former President Chen Shui-bian will soon be granted medical parole and released from Taichung Prison. The ministry said it has not received an evaluation report from the medical team responsible for assessing Chen's health condition and has not set any timetable for handling the matter. According to reports on the front pages of major newspapers, the 15-member medical team met on Monday and unanimously recommended that Chen be granted medical parole because they felt his physical and mental health problems could not be properly treated in jail. The papers also said Chen is expected to be released from jail within two days. Stopping short of confirming the reports, Taichung Prison officials said an evaluation report is currently being compiled by Taichung Veterans General Hospital. The officials said that after receiving the report, the prison will deal with the matter in accordance with the results and recommendations presented. In office from 2000 to 2008, Chen was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined NT$250 million (US$8.01 million) after his second term ended amid a series of corruption cases. He began serving his sentence on Nov. 11, 2010, but he had been detained for nearly two years prior to that while prosecutors were investigating and prosecuting his cases. Among the conditions Chen is said to be suffering from are depression, brain degeneration, trembling hands and urinary incontinence. Several of the doctors who have examined him over the years have recommended that he be released on medical parole. (By Liao Jen-kai and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-03-01 07:05 GMT+08:00