Chen Shui-bian request to attend National Day considered

A request by former president Chen Shui-bian to attend the upcoming National Day celebrations is being considered by his physicians and Taichung Prison. Chen is on medical parole while serving a 20-year sentence for corruption committed during his time as president.

The president's son, Chen Chih-chung, had said Thursday that his father had been invited to attend the National Day celebrations at the Presidential Office.

Lin Shun-pin, deputy warden at Taichung Prison, said the prison had received an application and was reviewing it. The application would then need further approval from higher up in the justice ministry. Lin said Chen's medical team were conducting an assessment but would not be drawn on whether attending the celebrations would breach the former president's parole terms.

Chen was released from prison on medical parole in January last year. He had served six years of a 20-year sentence for acts of corruption committed while he was president between 2000 and 2008. He was the Taiwan's first president to represent the Democratic Progressive Party. President Tsai Ing-wen is the second.

Source: Radio Taiwan International