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Medical team favors former president attending state banquet

Medical team favors former president attending state banquet

Med. team favors Chen joining state banquet

Chen Shun-sheng, vice convener of former president Chen Shui-bian’s medical parole group, said on Monday that from a medical point of view he is in favor of the former president attending a state banquet that will be held May 20 in celebration of the inauguration of Taiwan’s new president and vice president.

Chen Chih-chung, Chen Shui-bian's son, Monday morning posted on his Facebook page the photo of an invitation to the state banquet sent to his father and mother, saying whether his father will attend the banquet will depend on medical evaluation.

Chen Shun-sheng said during a media interview that the former president suffers from depression, poor memory, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. He said the former president also suffers from psychological trauma due to the past experience of being body-searched before trials and being handcuffed in jail.

It will help the former president to restore dignity if he accepts the new president’s invitation and attends the banquet, Chen Shun-sheng said, adding that he is in favor of Chen’s attendance.

The former president, who is serving a 20-year sentence for corruption, has been on medical parole for 16 months.

Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay said if the former president’s correctional authorities agree and his physical conditions permit, it’s okay for him to go.

However, the Taichung prison said attending a state banquet has nothing to do with medical treatment, and if he goes, he can face the possibility of medical parole suspension.