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Ex-President Chen visits hometown

Ex-President Chen visits hometown

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former President Chen Shui-bian visited his hometown of Kuantien in Tainan Tuesday to visit his mother and a temple.
It was his first visit to the village since being released out of prison on medical parole early last January. His parole was recently extended by three months to early August.
Chen, who was president from 2000 to 2008 but was later sentenced to 20 years in prison for various corruption scandals, spent only two hours in Kuantien Tuesday morning, reports said. He visited his mother, Lee Shen, and offered incense at the local temple with her in the company of his son, Chen Chih-chung. The ex-president later returned to his present home in Kaohsiung.
It was the first time in six years that the former head of state had the opportunity of spending some time in Kuantien, according to Facebook statements by his son. He added that the home visit was authorized according to the conditions for the medical parole as drawn up by the Ministry of Justice.
As it became known last week that the ministry’s Agency of Corrections had approved a three-month extension to Chen’s medical parole, pictures emerged of him walking around a park in Kaohsiung in the company of a nurse.
The agency made its decision because the former president’s condition had shown no improvement. His health situation was still complex, the risk of death high and problems controlling his health still were too difficult if he were to be incarcerated, reports said.
Chen was diagnosed with a variety of ailments ranging from types of Parkinson’s and depression to incontinence and sleep apnea.


Updated : 2021-09-27 07:04 GMT+08:00