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Former first son moves house to Kaohsiung

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- Former first son Chen Chih-chung moved house to Kaohsiung yesterday, leaving his beleaguered mother besieged at her luxury estate apartment in Taipei alone.

Wu Shu-chen, wife of former President Chen Shui-bian, won't be able to leave her posh Paolai lair until after her son can solve the problem of medical care for her in the southern Taiwan port city, She is standing trial for corruption, charged with corruption, graft and money laundry. She appeared at the first trial hearing at the Taipei district court on a wheelchair on Dec. 24, 2006, passed out during a recess, and refused to attend for reasons of poor health 17 times for more than two years.

Asked whether his mother would join him in Kaohsiung, the son said he has given that question much thought.

"I need to solve the question of caring for my mother," said the ex-first son, who will live in an equally luxurious apartment in Kaohsiung with his wife Huang Jui-ching and their infant daughter.

"If that difficulty cannot be overcome," he added, "she won't be able to join us in Kaohsiung."

That seems to keep the mother in Taipei for quite some time, if not for years. She has been subpoenaed to two consecutive hearings on March 3 and 5. The last time she appeared in court on Feb. 10, her son was by her side. What is he going to do in Kaohsiung?

"I'll try to find some work, hopefully related to legal counseling," said the son, who has a law degree from Taiwan University and a U.S. advanced degree in jurisprudence.

Kuomintang lawmaker Chiu Yi, the nemesis of the former first family, described Chen's moving house to Kaohsiung as the first step to get out of country for good.

The young couple were indicted along with President Chen for money laundering on last Nov. 23. The father has been held at the Taipei Detention Center in Toucheng City, Taipei County, waiting for an impending trial. It's a little easier to get out of Taiwan from Kaohsiung than from Taipei, said Chiu, whose former constituency is that port city.

"He is telling an Arabian Night story," Chen Chih-chung said of Chiu's charges.

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