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Ex-president Chen granted NT$2 million bail

Ex-president Chen granted NT$2 million bail

Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) Former President Chen Shui-bian was granted bail by the Taichung District Prosecutors Office on NT$2 million (US$62,486) surety Monday soon after the Ministry of Justice agreed to his request for release on medical parole. If Chen is unable to pay the money, he needs to find a guarantor, prosecutors said in their decision, after summoning the former president's son Chen Chih-chung to a hearing. Chen Shui-bian, who was president from 2000 to 2008, has served more than six years of a 20-year sentence for corruption. His health has been rapidly declining over the past few years and he has developed problems such as loss of motor control and incontinence. A team of doctors recommended last week that he be released from prison on medical parole, in light of his deteriorating health. Announcing its approval of Chen Shui-bian's medical parole request, the Ministry of Justice said Monday he will be released from Taichung Prison for one month for medical treatment and is required to return as soon as his condition stabilizes. (By Hsiao Po-yang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-28 07:43 GMT+08:00