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Chen will be returned to jail if condition improves: minister

Chen will be returned to jail if condition improves: minister

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) Former President Chen Shui-bian, who was released from jail Monday on medical parole, will be returned to prison if his condition improves significantly, Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay said Tuesday. After being jailed for more than 6 years for corruption, Chen was released from Taichung Prison on a one-month medical parole, which can be extended based on his health condition. Luo said the prison will monitor Chen's health and if there are any signs that his condition has improved, such as being able to take part in public activities that require physical energy, he will have to return to jail. She said Chen has not been given any special privileges because the Agency of Corrections under the Ministry of Justice is dealing with all requests for medical parole based on the same standards. Asked about the low return rate of inmates released on medical parole, the minister said the low rate is due to the fact that many people died soon after they were released. She would not speculate on the chances of Chen being returned to jail. The former president was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined NT$250 million in a series of corruption cases that surfaced shortly after his second four-year term ended in May 2008. 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 the cases. On Monday, the Agency of Corrections approved the former president's request for medical parole based on the recommendations of a team of doctors that reported a deterioration of Chen's health since May 2014. When Chen previously applied for medical parole in June 2014, it was based on medical records and tests from a month earlier. (By Huang Yi-han and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-20 20:46 GMT+08:00