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Former lawmaker released from prison after 400 days

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Non-Partisan Solidarity Union lawmaker Yen Ching-piao (顏清標) yesterday was released on parole after serving more than half of his prison term after being convicted on corruption charges.

Yen in November 2012 was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for misusing public funds during his term as Taichung County Council speaker. Former Taichung county council vice speaker Chang Ching-tang (張清堂), an independent, also received a sentence of three and a half years. Yen started to serve his sentence in 2013.

Given that Yen served more than half of his prison term, during which he maintained good behavior, the Ministry of Justice yesterday approved his parole application.

The ratification of Yen's parole application was completed in four days by Taichung Prison, Taichung District Prosecutors Office, Taiwan High Prosecutors Office, Taichung Branch and Taiwan High Court, Taichung Branch, according to Apple Daily.

The Taiwan High Court in Taichung told reporters that it received Yen's parole application from the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office in Taichung around noon yesterday, and it later completed the ratification before office hours closed. Taichung Prison was informed to release Yen around yesterday 6 p.m.

According to the Central News Agency, Yen weighed 99 kilograms before serving his prison term, adding that after spending over 400 days in prison, Yen lost 24 kilograms to reach his current weight of 75 kilograms.

As the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act stipulates that any individual convicted of corruption cannot be registered as a candidate in any election, Yen cannot run for political office in the future even after his release from prison.

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