The Executive Yuan later issued a statement saying that DPP lawmakers brought up the Chen Shui-bian case with Sean Chen in which the premier, in response, said he supported a comprehensive review of the privileges system, but did not mention any specific case.
Later yesterday, in response to a question by DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) on the legislative floor during a question-and-answer session, the premier declined to offer his “personal views” on whether Chen Shui-bian should be granted medical parole.
“I consistently hold the view that a decision on medical parole is based on science and law. It is not a political decision. If I were prison warden of Taipei Prison, I would demand a detailed health report on [Chen Shui-bian] from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital and deal with the matter in accordance with the law,” he said.
He added that, in line with the Prison Act (監獄行刑法), whether to grant medical parole to an inmate is a decision made by the director of the Agency of Corrections of the Ministry of Justice, currently Wu Sen-Chang (吳憲璋).
Pressed by Lee on his stance, the premier said he could not reveal his personal views, to refrain from influencing Wu in making a decision on the case.