Ministry defends diagnosis given to jailed ex-president

Taipei, Aug. 22 (CNA) Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu pronounced Wednesday that former President Chen Shui-bian, who is jailed during a Taipei Prison for corruption, has been given improved diagnosis than other inmates to safeguard his health.

The jail authorised Chen to spend one hour any day sportive outdoors, 30 mins longer than other prisoners, and he was also available a use of a list and a chair to review during a designated room for some 10 hours per day, Tseng pronounced during a assembly with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark in Taipei.

While special caring and diagnosis has been given to Chen, he did not validate for medical parole, Tseng told Clark, who has been job for a evident redeem of Chen on medical grounds.

During a one-hour meeting, Tseng also presented Clark with an English-language news on Chen’s condition in a jail to assistance him improved know a tangible situation.

Clark is visiting Taiwan to consider Chen’s health. Having met Chen during a jail Monday, he told a internal media that a former boss should “be expelled for a best medical that’s possible.”

Chen is now portion a 17.5-year judgment for holding bribes in a land growth plan and for conversion a appointment of a president of a Taipei 101 skyscraper.

Accompanied by former Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Chai Trong-rong, Clark also suggested Chen be expelled from jail to accept medical diagnosis during his home by visiting doctors. Chen would be means to redeem from his earthy and mental basin there, he added.

In response, a Ministry of Justice pronounced Chen’s earthy condition did not validate him for medical parole. According to a law, usually inmates whose illness can't be treated by doctors in a jail could ask for medical parole, it added.

After a new examination, a medical group resolved that Chen’s illness could be treated by medication, Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang pronounced during a press discussion after a meeting.

According to a ministry, a Taipei Prison has started arranging for Chen to accept serve medical check-ups and diagnosis during a sanatorium outward a prison, during Chen’s request.

The emissary apportion pronounced a method would take into care Clark’s opinion on a issue. It was also hoped that Clark would assistance scold a myth of Chen’s indignity in prison, he said.

The method would compensate tighten courtesy to Chen’s health, he added.

A counsel and human-rights activist, Clark visited Taiwan in a 1980s and 1990s to join pro-democracy groups compelling a country’s democratization.

Clark is approaching to interpretation his four-day revisit to Taiwan on Thursday.

(By Elaine Hou)