Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) There is no doubt that pardon for former President Chen Shui-bian (???), who served as Taiwan's president 2000-2008, is a political issue, Justice Minister Chiu Tai-san (???) said, adding that a pardon should be granted based on consideration of the overall situation in society.
In a recent interview with CNA, Chiu said that a pardon should be granted by taking public opinion and the general situation into account.
The public is sharply divided over whether Chen should be pardoned, Chiu noted, adding that from the angle of the law, a pardon means absolving convicted individuals for crimes or exempting them from punishment.
If an individual's criminal convictions have not been all confirmed, pardon cannot be granted, Chiu said.
The call for the government to pardon Chen is based on political considerations, Chiu said, adding that a special pardon should be given based on consideration of the overall situation in society, including whether it is acceptable to the general public.
Chen is serving a 20-year jail term for corruption, but was freed from Taichung Prison on medical parole in January 2015 after serving more than six years of his sentence because of concern that the prison hospital could not adequately care for him.
The former president has been diagnosed with multiple conditions, including depression and brain atrophy.
Several cases involving Chen are still pending.
Source: Focus Taiwan