Chen Shui-bian should speak at dinner: groups

THERAPY:One advocate said the fundraiser would allow the former president to have social interactions, which could be beneficial to his health condition

Taipei Times
Date: May 19, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) should be allowed to attend and speak at a

Taiwan Society chairman Chang Yeh-sen, right, speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

fundraising event in Taipei tonight, pro-independence groups said yesterday, following a report that a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) heavyweight had sought to prevent Chen from making a public appearance.

Taiwan Society chairman Chang Yeh-sen (張葉森) told an impromptu news conference in Taipei that DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) visited Chen at the former president’s residence in Kaohsiung on Wednesday night to convince him not to attend the event and instead make a video address.

Chen, who served more than six years of a 20-year prison term on several convictions for corruption before his release on medical parole in 2015, planned to attend a Ketagalan Foundation dinner.    [FULL  STORY]

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