Prison to consider ex-president’s request to attend ceremony
Oct 07, 2016 UncategorizedComments Off on Prison to consider ex-president’s request to attend ceremony
Taichung Prison authorities said Friday they need more information to decide if it is appropriate to allow former President Chen Shui-bian (???) to attend the celebration of the Republic of China's National Day in Taipei on Oct. 10.
Chen Chih-chung (???), Chen's son, said he submitted an application to Taichung Prison on Thursday to allow his father to make the trip after receiving an invitation to the National Day ceremony from the National Day Celebration Organizing Committee.
The former president has been on medical parole since January 2015 while serving a 20-year prison term for multiple convictions on corruption charges.
After a meeting on Friday afternoon, Taichung Prison said it needed more information from the celebration's organizing committee to evaluate Chen's application, because Chen's medical team was not clear about the ceremony's venue, its facilities and equipment and whether it will be a safe medical environment.
The prison said it will hold another meeting to consider the issue on Saturday or Sunday.
The junior Chen, who lives with his parents in Kaohsiung, said his mother Wu Shu-chen (???) is not likely to attend the ceremony, since she has been not well recently.
Wu has lived at the family's home since 2011 when her poor health made it impossible for her to remain in prison and serve out her 17-year prison term for corruption.
The former president was allowed to attend a dinner in Taipei in June.