Former Taiwanese leader Chen Shui-bian was granted a month’s medical parole on Monday, six years in to his 20-year prison sentence for corruption during his term in office.
The request for Chen’s release was approved during a hearing that same day, when it was decided that he couldn’t receive proper treatment at the Taichung Prison, Xinhua said. Chen, who served as president from 2000 to 2008, was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 for embezzlement, money-laundering and bribery, but his sentence was reduced to 20 years after an appeal in 2013. He’s been in custody, however, since 2008.
The 64-year-old former president had repeatedly asked for medical parole during his time behind bars. Although his recent illness has not been officially diagnosed, it’s believed that he suffers from nerve degeneration and sleep apnea. He was moved to a prison hospital in 2013 after being diagnosed with depression, as well.
During his leave, he will be allowed to move about, greet the public and publish articles to support himself, according to AFP, citing Taiwan correctional agency regulations. He went straight to his family’s home in Kaohsiung after his release.
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