Chen Lee Shen (陳李慎), the mother of imprisoned former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), told Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday that she would barely have the will to live if her son were to remain in prison.
Beginning his tour around the nation in order to better understand the mindset of the general public, Su yesterday stopped in Greater Tainan to visit a shoe factory and food cultivation industries before paying a visit to Chen Lee in the afternoon.
Chen Lee burst into tears when she saw Su and asked him to think of a way to get Chen out of prison, saying that Chen had been framed and his physical health was deteriorating. She also asked Su to help Chen get medical parole.
Su told Chen Lee that he, too, is concerned about Chen and has visited him twice, adding that the DPP has also decided in its Central Standing Committee meeting to endorse and support the petition calling for Chen’s medical parole.
Separately yesterday, Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said he has conveyed to the Cabinet the concerns expressed by DPP lawmakers over the human rights situation concerning Chen.
“I’ve done my best to let the executive branch know about the situation and it has done its best within its limitations,” Wang said.