Taipei, Former President Chen Shuibian has obtained approval from Taichung Prison to attend an event to launch a memoir on his life by writer Peng Mengtao on Sunday, according to prison authorities.
Tai Mingwei deputy warden of the prison, said Saturday that based on a medical evaluation, the upcoming event will allow Chen, who has been on medical parole since Jan. 5, 2015, to socialize with other people, which will have health benefits, so the authorities approved his attendance.
Under the terms of his parole, Chen, who suffers neurological problems and secured an 18th medical parole extension on Friday for another three months to Aug. 4, is required to apply to Taichung Prison for approval to attend outside activities.
Chen submitted an application on April 30 for permission to attend the launch of the memoir and Tai said Taichung Prison processed the application by taking into account the suggestion from Chen's medical team.
Chen, who completing two terms as ROC president in 2008, was embroiled in corruption scandals that led to several indictments and a sentence of 20 years in jail.
The memoir launch is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Mayor's Residence Art Salon in Taipei.
The book does not have an English title, but roughly translated, its Chinese title is "Persistence: An Oral Memoir by Chen Shuibian."
The memoir, based on oral accounts given by the former president, was completed with the help of physician Chen Shunsheng the lead physician on Chen's personal medical team, and Taipei Mayor Ko Wenje
Ko Yuan a deputy spokesman for Taipei City Government, said Saturday that the mayor will attend the event. It will be the first time Ko has made a joint appearance with Chen since taking office in 2014.
In the memoir, Chen discusses his long political career, from the establishment of the Democratic Progressive Party in 1986 to his election as Taipei mayor in 1994 and his presidential election wins in 2000 and 2004.
He also resolved a longstanding mystery. In 2004, Chen said that after he won the 2000 presidential race, a "key figure" from China sent him a message, asking him to state in his inauguration speech that based on the principles of equality and reciprocity, the two sides would be able to properly handle the "one China" issue in the future.
The key figure, according to the book, was Wang Daohan then chairman of the Beijingbased Association of Relations Across the Taiwan Strait.
In addition, Chen has also applied for approval to attend an autograph session for the book at the Ketagalan Foundation in Taipei, to mark its 14th anniversary, on May 9.
Taichung Prison said it will review the application to attend the booksigning event.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel