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