By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former President Chen Shui-bian met friends in Taipei City Saturday but in a room outside a controversial fund-raising dinner, allowing him to avoid trouble with the Ministry of Justice.
The Ketagalan Foundation invited him for its 11th-anniversary dinner, but the judicial authorities ruled he could only meet in private with old friends, and not appear in public at the dinner or be shown by the media.
The ban on political activities forms part of the medical parole he received early last year. After sitting out six years of a 20-year corruption sentence, Chen was allowed to join his family in Kaohsiung, but only if he limited himself to his own recovery.
Chen boarded a high-speed train in Kaohsiung at 2:18 p.m. Saturday, and arrived in the capital at 3:54 p.m. He was accompanied on the journey by his son, Chen Chih-chung, who has been one of the most vocal advocates of the ex-president’s trip, and by a medical team. [FULL STORY]