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Taiwan ex-President Chen writes letter to Ma about daughter

Taiwan ex-President Chen writes letter to Ma about daughter

Jailed former President Chen Shui-bian has written a letter to President Ma Ying-jeou requesting the ending of a travel ban on his daughter to prevent her committing suicide, lawmakers told the Justice Minister yesterday.
Legislators from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party passed Chen's request on to Minister Wang Ching-feng, but she said she would handle the matter according to the law.
The former president reportedly described his letter as a 119 distress message to his successor. He wrote he feared his daughter Chen Hsing-yu would suffer a nervous breakdown or even take her three children and commit suicide if she were barred from studying abroad, lawmakers said. Last Friday, she reportedly broke down crying during a visit to her father at the Taipei Detention Center in Tucheng, Taipei County, reports said.
The court issued the travel ban earlier this month after Chen Hsing-yu was indicted for perjury in the investigations into alleged corruption and money laundering by her parents.
Over the past year, she has traveled to New York twice for dentistry examinations, and is expected to prepare registering for overseas studies around Wednesday.
The ex-president's daughter is also noted for emotional exchanges with reporters, which have sometimes turned into clashes between her bodyguards and journalists.
When reporters asked former First Lady Wu Shu-jen about the letter, she told reporters she was tired so they shouldn’t ask her. Wu was traveling from her home in Kaohsiung to a trial session at the Taipei District Court.
The more than a dozen suspects indicted in the cases include members of the former First Family, former close aides and government officials, and prominent business people. The ex-president has pleaded innocent.
Chen has pleaded innocent in the allegations of corruption and money laundering, blaming Ma's government for orchestrating a politically motivated campaign with the judiciary against him. He has been in jail as a suspect since Dec. 30, with supporters demanding his release ever since.


Updated : 2020-12-03 12:23 GMT+08:00