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Imprisoned Taiwanese ex-President Chen given medical parole

Medical parole granted for Taiwan ex-President Chen Shui-bian, who was jailed for corruption

Imprisoned Taiwanese ex-President Chen given medical parole

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's Justice Ministry says former President Chen Shui-bian has been granted medical parole, about four years into his 20-year sentence for corruption.

Chen, who ended a 50-year monopoly on power by the island's Nationalists party, and who moved to expand Taiwan's de-facto independence from mainland China, went on trial shortly after the end of his 2000-2008 tenure in office.

He was convicted of taking more than $12 million in embezzlement and bribe-taking in what he denounced as a persecution driven by his political opponents.

He has suffered serious depression, and authorities say he attempted suicide while behind bars.


Updated : 2021-09-28 01:24 GMT+08:00