Send Chen Shui-bian home for holidays: DPP Chairman
By Enru Lin, The China Post
January 31, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former President Chen Shui-bian should be allowed to return home for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang said yesterday.
In a press event titled "President Ma Ying-jeou, let A-bian go home for Chinese New Year," Su made a fresh appeal for Chen's medical parole.
Su said that he and DPP Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) had visited Chen at Taipei Veterans General Hospital (台北榮總) on Tuesday evening.
"The former president's condition truly has deteriorated," he said.
Chen's condition has been repeatedly evaluated by specialists, who have ruled that he meets the criteria for medical parole. On Tuesday, Chen's main physician advised that Chen be returned home for appropriate psychological and medical care, according to Su.
The DPP has appealed to Ma multiple times over Chen's medical parole, to no effect, said Su.
"Medical rights are an important part of human rights," he said.
"In advanced democratic countries of the world, there was never such a case in which a former president has been imprisoned for so many years."
Also yesterday, Next Magazine printed a feature that said Chen suffers from stuttering and tremors that are symptoms of atypical Parkinson's. Taipei Veterans General Hospital continues to misdiagnose the high-profile patient, preventing him from receiving appropriate care, according to the report.
The hospital denied the claim of misdiagnosis, stressing that both resident and outside specialists have confirmed that Chen's tremors and other symptoms are unrelated to atypical Parkinson's disease.