By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As calls for a pardon grew louder Saturday, reports said former President Chen Shui-bian could soon find himself in court again in connection
Chen was sentenced to 20 years in prison for corruption but left jail on medical parole in January 2015 after serving six years. He now lives with his family in Kaohsiung.
A campaign to have him pardoned gained steam Friday, when first Democratic Progressive Party members of the Kaohsiung City Council approved a motion in that sense, which then received the support of Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu. During the afternoon, she took Vice President-elect Chen Chien-jen on a visit to the former head of state.
The Taiwan High Court will hold a session on May 13 to hear the allegations against Chen and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, that they misused special government funds, the former president’s attorney said. The hearing will come exactly one week before DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen is sworn in as Taiwan’s first DPP president since Chen. [FULL STORY]