Date: May 23, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA
Taichung Prison denied a request by former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who is on medical parole after being convicted of corruption, to attend a memorial service last night.
The prison said it turned down Chen’s request because it would not be good for his health to attend a memorial service in Tainan for Tsai You-chuan (蔡有全), who once served as Chen’s national policy adviser.
Tsai, an independence advocate, died of a heart attack on May 4 at the age of 66.
The prison’s decision came a day after Chen attended an annual fundraising dinner held by the Ketagalan Foundation, a non-profit organization that he founded in 2003, on Friday in Taipei.
Taichung Prison, where Chen was incarcerated before being released on medical parole in 2015, gave the permission after Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s medical team suggested that such a “functional treatment in a social setting” would be beneficial for Chen’s medical condition. [FULL STORY]