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Decision on medical parole for ex-president expected Jan. 5

Decision on medical parole for ex-president expected Jan. 5

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang said Wednesday that a decision will be made Jan. 5 on former President Chen Shui-bian's request for medical parole. The decision can be expected before noon Monday, the first working day of the new year, according to Chen Ming-tang. He denied that his ministry is dragging its feet on the case and urged the former president's supporters to calm down and be patient. Taichung Prison, where Chen Shui-bian is serving a 20-year prison term for corruption, sent his parole request and other relevant documents by courier to the ministry's Agency of Correction in Taoyuan Wednesday afternoon, but delivery was delayed until 6 p.m. because of traffic congestion, the minister said. He said the documents were too many to be sent electronically as they included Chen's medical history, the records of his sentences in each of the corruption cases, the records of the time he has served. In light of the fact that approval of Chen Shui-bian's request for medical parole would involve several administrative procedures, the Agency of Correction decided against processing the request overnight, the vice minister said. A source at the ministry said, however, that the agency rarely deals with parole requests after office hours and would be reluctant to depart from that practice for fear of being perceived as giving Chen Shui-bian preferential treatment. Commenting on an ongoing hunger strike by former Vice President Annette Lu to press for Chen Shui-bian 's release, Chen Ming-tang said "that will not be taken into the consideration by the Agency of Correction." The former president was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined NT$250 million (US$8.01 million) in a series of corruption cases shortly after his second term ended in 2008. He began serving his sentence on Nov. 11, 2010, but he had been detained for nearly two years prior to that while the cases were being investigated and prosecuted. (By Page Tsai and Maubo Chang)


Updated : 2021-08-05 02:37 GMT+08:00