Former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who was last month granted medical parole for one month, is to remain at home for the Lunar New Year holiday after the Ministry of Justice yesterday extended his stay outside prison for another three months.
The former president was released on NT$2 million (US$62,400) bail for medical reasons by the Taichung District Prosecutors’ Office on Jan. 5 and he is now to remain out of prison, to be treated at home, until May 4, the Agency of Corrections said.
The agency said that based on medical reports it received, it determined that Chen’s health has not improved since his release and that the parole bail period had to be extended.
The decision was based on a visit made by Taichung Prison officials to Chen’s residence in Kaohsiung on Thursday last week to review his situation and listen to the assessment of his medical team, the agency said.
Chen, who was in office from 2000 to 2008, has served more than six years of a 20-year sentence for several convictions on corruption charges.
His health has declined over the past few years, exhibiting loss of motor control and incontinence.
A 15-member medical team recommended that Chen be given medical parole to receive treatment outside of the prison hospital.
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