By: Su Mu-chun and William Yen
Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has
obtained approval from Taichung Prison to attend an annual banquet Thursday hosted by the Ketagalan Foundation, prison authorities said Wednesday.
Tai Ming-wei (戴明瑋), deputy warden of the prison, said the approval was based on a medical evaluation that suggested it would benefit Chen’s health if he attended the think tank’s banquet.
Chen, who suffers neurological problems, has been on medical parole since Jan. 5, 2015 and obtained his 18th extension last Friday for another three months.
In accordance with the regulations that require the permission of Taichung Prison for him to attend outside activities, Chen submitted an application recently to attend the Ketagalan Foundation banquet, and approval was granted based the medical evaluation, Tai said. [FULL STORY]