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Taiwan's Chen pleads to allow daughter's US trip

Taiwan's Chen pleads to allow daughter's US trip

Taiwan's former President Chen Shui-bian has asked his successor to overturn a court ruling that barred his daughter from leaving the island after she admitted perjury, a lawmaker said Monday.
Tsai Huang-lang of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party said Chen had made the plea in a letter to Ma Ying-jeou because he fears his daughter, Chen Hsin-yu, might harm herself or her family if she is not allowed to leave to attend college in the United States.
"We are afraid she might have a nervous breakdown ... or that she would commit suicide, taking along her three kids," Tsai told reporters.
Presidential spokesman Wang Yu-chi said Ma would not comment on Chen's request until he has read the letter.
Chen Shui-bian and wife Wu Shu-chen are currently on trial in connection with wide-ranging graft allegations. Chen has been held in a suburban Taipei detention facility since last December, after judges accepted prosecutors' arguments that he constituted a flight risk.
Chen Hsin-yu had planned to travel to the United States for advanced education in dentistry before a court ordered her confined to the island following her admission last week that she had lied in connection with her mother's money laundering case.
Chen Shui-bian has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. Last week, the Democratic Progressive Party started a petition to free him, saying his detention could hamper a fair trial.
Chen left the presidency in May 2008 after eight years in office.


Updated : 2020-12-02 05:06 GMT+08:00