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Ex-president Chen audio recordings revealed
Ko Wen-je visits Control Yuan member Huang Huang-hsiung
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-31 07:55 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Sound recordings from the investigation by outgoing Control Yuan member Huang Huang-hsiung into the health of former President Chen Shui-bian leaked out Thursday.

The tapes reveal the jailed politician as a completely different man from the sharp debater he used to be known as, reports said.

Huang, who spent the final day of his six-year term as member of the top government watchdog Thursday, spoke about his investigation during a visit by opposition Taipei City mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je and members of Chen’s medical team.

Before he ran for mayor, Ko, a trauma expert at National Taiwan University Hospital, was at the forefront of a campaign to obtain medical parole for the ailing former head of state. Several prominent Taiwanese, including incumbent Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin, spoke out in favor of the measure, but the Ministry of Justice repeatedly said Chen was not eligible for medical parole.

Ko visited Huang Thursday to express his appreciation for the Control Yuan member’s efforts to look into Chen’s medical human rights.

The former president is staying at the Taichung Prison Hospital to serve his 20-year sentence for corruption amid failing health.

Huang conducted his investigation from September 24, 2012 until June 11 of this year. He held numerous conversations with the ex-president and also visited the several prisons and hospitals where Chen stayed during the past few years. Chen served as head of state from 2000 until 2008 but became embroiled soon afterward in a web of corruption allegations involving several members of his family. The ex-president has condemned the accusations as a political conspiracy by President Ma Ying-jeou and his Kuomintang.

In the 28 audio fragments released Thursday, Chen is heard speaking in a weak voice about his life behind bars. Toward the end, he is frequently unable to finish his sentences and seems to be pleading not to unnecessarily extend his life in an emergency situation, reports said.

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