Taipei--Eleven Democratic Progressive Party (PP) members of Kaohsiung City Council, including council speaker Kang Yu-cheng (???), signed a petition on Tuesday calling on President Tsai Ing-wen (???) to grant an amnesty to former President Chen Shui-bian (???).
Chen is on a medical parole from a 20-year jail term for corruption.
Hsiao Yung-ta (???), one of the signatories, said he will also form a "local council alliance for A-bian's amnesty" -- referring to the former president's nickname.
Hsiao said he hopes to gather enough signatures for the alliance to file a motion at the ruling DPP's party convention in September to support the bid. As of now, council members from six special municipalities and eight cities and counties have signed, he added.
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (??) said special amnesty for Chen, who served as president 2000-2008, is a political as well as a legal issue which she believes Tsai and her administrative team have the wisdom to cope with.
In response, Tsai's spokesman Alex Huang (???) said the president's top concern is to ensure Chen receives the best possible medical attention available so he will be restored to full health at the earliest opportunity.