Chen doesn’t have Parkinson’s
The Taipei Veterans General Hospital has run a series of tests on former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and has ruled out Parkinson’s disease as the cause of the hand tremors from which he is suffering, the hospital said on Wednesday. Doctors recommended that Chen be given medication and follow-up examinations on a regular basis. Chen, who is serving an 18-and-a-half-year prison sentence for corruption, has been at the hospital since Sept. 21 because of various ailments, including depression, enlargement of the prostate and urinary tract and prostate infections. He recently had tremors in his right hand, the hospital said. In addition to neurological examinations, Chen was given a tremorgram, head MRI and nuclear medicine imaging. The tests show that he did not have a stroke and does not have Parkinson’s disease, the hospital said.
Court favors Su Chih-fen
The Supreme Court remanded a prosecutorial appeal over Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chih-fen’s (蘇治芬) acquittal on corruption charges and closed the case yesterday in accordance with the Fair and Speedy Criminal Trials Act (刑事妥速審判法). In 2008, Su was accused of accepting NT$5 million (US$171,900) in bribes to speed up approval of a landfill in the county by skipping an environmental assessment. Prosecutors had argued for a 15-year sentence and eight years suspension of civil rights. Su, who once led an 11-day hunger strike to protest against what she called political persecution, was acquitted in the first and second ruling. The Supreme Court said the first and second rulings did not violate the Constitution, did not contradict the Judicial Yuan’s interpretation of the law and did not run counter to precedent.