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Wu in limbo on jail time

Staff writer, with CNA

The Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office said yesterday it has not yet fixed a date for former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) to begin serving her prison sentence.

The office said it is currently collecting Wu’s medical records, which will be forwarded to the Taichung Prison’s Pei Teh Hospital for assessment to determine whether Wu, who is confined to a wheelchair, is well enough to serve her sentence in prison.

National Taiwan University Hospital and the Renai Branch of Taipei City Hospital have already supplied Wu’s records, but two other hospitals have not yet done so, the prosecutors’ office said.

Therefore, no timetable has been set for Wu to begin her sentence, the office said.

Wu and her husband, former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), were each sentenced to a total of 19 years in jail by the Supreme Court in November last year for taking bribes while Chen was president.

The Taiwan High Court ruled lat month that Wu and Chen should each serve 17-and-a-half years.

The couple was convicted of bribery charges in two separate cases, one involving a land acquisition deal and the other involving the chairmanship of the Taipei Financial Center Corp.

Chen, who had been held at a detention center since late 2008, was moved to Taipei Prison in Taoyuan County on Dec. 2 to begin his sentence. Prison authorities are now considering how Wu should serve her sentence, given her condition.

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