The Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday said that former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) son, Chen Chih-chung (陳致中), who was sentenced to three months in jail for perjury, could apply to perform community service instead of serving time.
On Aug. 17, the Supreme Court sentenced Chen Chih-chung’s mother, former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), to nine months in prison for instigating perjury in a case related to the former president’s state affairs fund. Chen Chih-chung and his sister, Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤), and her husband, Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘), each received three months for perjury.
Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office spokesman Wang Wen-te (王文德) said the office received the ruling from the Supreme Court on Friday. Because Chen Chih-chung and Chao Chien-ming’s households are in Greater Kaohsiung and Greater Tainan, it had filed requests with the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office and Tainan District Prosecutors’ Office to ensure the sentences were carried out.
However, Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office spokesman Wang Chun-li (王俊力) said his office had not yet received the documents because the office was closed yesterday because of Typhoon Nanmadol.
Wang said Chen Chih-chung could apply to perform community service instead.
The Supreme Court gave Chen Hsing-yu a two-year delay in her sentence so she and her husband could arrange for child care as they each served their sentences.
Chen Chih-chung’s powers as an independent Greater Kaohsiung councilor were annulled after the Supreme Court found him guilty, a verdict he claimed amounted to political persecution.
Wu is unlikely to serve time given her poor health. She was paralyzed from the waist down after being run over three times after a campaign rally in November 1985 and is confined to a wheelchair.