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DPP lawmakers break door over prison transfer of Chen Shui-bian

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A small contingent of opposition party lawmakers broke a door panel at the Ministry of Justice (法務部) yesterday in a reaction to Chen Shui-bian's return to prison.

At 11:30 p.m. Friday, Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang (陳明堂) opened a press event to confirm Chen Shui-bian's transfer to a hospital within Taichung Prison.

Some five minutes into his prepared remarks, opposition party lawmakers entered the conference room, calling out "Home care for Chen Shui-bian," "This is a trampling of human rights" and "Get Tseng Yung-fu out here."

Lawmakers included Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) and Yeh Yi-ching (葉宜津) of the Democratic Progressive Party. Yeh remained at the press event, while Chiu led the remaining contingent to speak with the justice minister.

When Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) would not admit the lawmakers upon request, Chiu and others kicked in a wooden panel and unlocked the door. Once inside, the lawmakers questioned Tseng without physical altercation.

In a surprise move earlier Friday, the Ministry of Justice transferred Chen from a government-run hospital to Taichung Prison's Pei-de Hospital (培德醫院), where he will serve out the remainder of his 20-year sentence.

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