Imprisoned Taiwanese Ex-President Chen Given Medical Parole

January 5, 2015 4:36 AM

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Taiwan's former President Chen Shui-bian has been granted a one-month medical parole for treatment of neural degeneration, more than four years into his 20-year prison sentence for corruption, the Justice Ministry announced Monday.

Chen, 64, whose election in 2000 ended a 50-year monopoly on power by the island's Nationalists, or Kuomintang, and who moved to expand Taiwan's de-facto independence from mainland China, went on trial shortly after the end of his 2000-2008 tenure.

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