Taipei--Taichung Prison authorities have granted former President Chen Shui-bian's (???) request to attend a concert to be held at Kaohsiung Medical University on Tuesday but he will be accompanied by a member of his medical team, Chen's son, Chen Chih-chung (???), said Monday.
The former president's son said he will also attend the concert but did not say whether his mother, Wu Shu-jen (???), will appear.
The Taichung Prison's decision came after it rejected Chen's request to attend a memorial service on May 22 for Tsai Yu-chuan (???), who once served as Chen's national policy adviser, on the grounds that it would not be beneficial to his health to attend.
The former president, who is currently on medical parole from a 20-year jail sentence for corruption, was given conditional permission to attend a fundraising dinner for the Ketagalan Foundation in Taipei on May 19.
But while the prison allowed the former president to attend, it barred him from entering the venue where the dinner was held, restricting him instead to meeting people in outer rooms.
According to the prison, inmates on medical parole are barred from attending political or election campaign events, and the foundation was deemed a political organization and the fundraiser was categorized as a political event.
Chen did not comply with all of the preconditions set by the prison, however, because he not only entered the venue but also had a videotaped speech played during the fundraiser.
This time around, the prison granted Chen's request on the grounds that the concert would be beneficial to Chen's health, the lyrics of several songs were created by Chen and the venue of the concert is near Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital where Chen receives medical treatment.
The concert was also deemed to not be political in nature, making the decision more straightforward, the prison added.
Chen was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 20 years in prison shortly after the second term of his presidency ended in 2008.
He served his sentence at Taichung Prison until January 2015, when he was released on medical parole due to various ailments and has since lived in Kaohsiung.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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