By: Yeh Su-ping, Wen Kui-hsiang, and Ko Lin
Taipei, May 9 (CNA) Former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) on Thursday attended a book-signing session for his memoir at a fundraising banquet hosted by the Ketagalan Foundation in Taipei, but he declined to shake hands or pose for photographs with his supporters throughout the entire course of the event.
Accompanied by his son Chen Chih-chung (陳致中), Chen arrived using a cane at Denwell Hotel, the venue in the city’s Dazhi District, and headed straight to a guest room reserved for VIPs before the start of the day’s event.
The former president, who suffers from neurological problems, has been on medical parole since Jan. 5, 2015. According to parole regulations, Chen has to apply to the Taichung Prison if he wants to leave his residence to attend outside activities.
(Chen Shui-bian, center, and his son Chen Chih-chung, second right)
Chen submitted an application recently to attend the Ketagalan Foundation banquet, and approval was granted by the prison. However, Chen must abide by the parole agreements signed on Jan. 5, 2015 and the “Rules of Control for Inmates for Receiving Out-of-Prison Medical Treatment on Bail.” [FULL STORY]