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Chen Shui-bian’s transfer to Taichung Prison ignites furor

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Finding Tseng’s office door closed, DPP Legislator Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) and other lawmakers kicked the door, barged in, surrounded the minister and demanded answers.

“If former president Chen commits suicide, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and you [Tseng] are the murderers,” Chiu said.

“Chen [Shui-bian] is not only a patient, he is a prisoner too, so we have to have other considerations,” Tseng said.

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said: “Ma’s action [to allow the transfer] has caused disharmony in Taiwanese society. [The transfer] is not good for Chen Shui-bian’s health, nor is it good for society as a whole.”

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) criticized the ministry’s move as “shady and deceitful,” while former DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said “the sudden transfer, handled in a rough manner, violates Chen Shui-bian’s right to receive proper medical treatment.”

Presidential Office spokesperson Lee Chia-fei (李佳霏) said Ma respected the ministry’s decision.

“It is the ministry’s responsibility to make a professional assessment on [Chen Shui-bian’s medical condition] in accordance with medical expertise and the law,” she said.

Disagreeing with the criticism that the ministry moved the former president “surreptitiously,” Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said the matter was “within the ministry’s mandate.”

Meanwhile, KMT Legislator Liao Cheng-ching (廖正井), who recently voiced his support for Chen Shui-bian being granted medical parole, said that having the former president treated at Pei Teh was “an appropriate arrangement.”

Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan, Mo Yan-chih, Lee Hsin-fang and CNA

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