Taipei, Former President Chen Shui-bian has obtained approval from Taichung Prison to attend an annual banquet Thursday hosted by the Ketagalan Foundation, prison authorities said Wednesday.
Tai Ming-wei deputy warden of the prison, said the approval was based on a medical evaluation that suggested it would benefit Chen's health if he attended the think tank's banquet.
Chen, who suffers neurological problems, has been on medical parole since Jan. 5, 2015 and obtained his 18th extension last Friday for another three months.
In accordance with the regulations that require the permission of Taichung Prison for him to attend outside activities, Chen submitted an application recently to attend the Ketagalan Foundation banquet, and approval was granted based the medical evaluation, Tai said.
However, Chen must abide by the parole agreements signed on Jan. 5, 2015 and the "Rules of Control for Inmates for Receiving Out-of-Prison Medical Treatment on Bail," Tai said.
Under those terms, Chen is not allowed to take the stage, to make speeches, discuss politics, or give interviews, Tai said.
The fundraising banquet, which celebrates the foundation's 14th anniversary, will be held in Taipei's Dazhi area.
At the event, Chen is likely to hold a book signing session for his memoir "Persistence: An Oral Memoir by Chen Shui-bian," which was launched May 5, according to his son Chen Chih-chung
Chen Shui-bian, who served two terms as Taiwan's president from 2008, was embroiled in corruption scandals that led to several indictments and a 20-year prison sentence.
He was in prison until January 2015, when he was released on medical parole for reasons of declining health.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel