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Send Chen Shui-bian home for holidays: DPP Chairman

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.

February 3, 2013    curtisakbar@
Let all criminals go home for the holidays, it will be a great sign for human rights observers from America.
February 4, 2013    edrulyn@
This DPP Chairman is really out of his mind. Well this is really one of the many foolish characteristics prominent among the many members of this degenerated DESPERATE PEOPLES PARTY.
February 6, 2013    johnny.brian@
If what Chen did was right, right from very beginning, for not lying of corruptions he and his family along with DPPs, human rights are observed. Chen is a bad example to any body. Example of a petty thief who stole money from neighbor and got caught by police .The thief served his prison term. Chen and the thief is the same and highest government official must severely punish for they took oath before serving the Taiwanese people. DPPs just do not know what is right and wrong, just arguing about rights.
February 16, 2013    kingsolomon@
Chen Shui bien is very sick because the next presidential election is still a long time away so he has to wait for the next election hoping the DPP wins and he would surely be pardoned and set free. Let everyone be aware that when the presidential election comes Chen Shui bien will be very healthy and actively campaigning for the DPP, because he knows that when the DPP wins the election he will be 100% a free man.
February 27, 2013    freeman70@
If he was convicted in a fair trial, he should serve his time. If not, then he should appeal. We are all supposed to be equal before the law. You do the crime, you do the time. He should have thought about that before he committed his crimes. Don't politicize the issue. Why should Chen receive special consideration? Be objective and you will realize he should stay where he is and serve his sentence.
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