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Taiwan court suspends trial of ailing ex-president

A Taiwanese court has suspended the trial of former president Chen Shui-bian on the ground that he is suffering from depression, dementia and other health problems, officials said Saturday. Chen, who is already serving a 20-year jail term for corruption, has been on trial since last year for allegedly taking illegal possession of confidential documents while he was in office. However, Taipei district court said it had decided to suspend the proceedings after a medical team found that the ailing Chen was unfit to stand trial.

Taiwan's convicted ex-president to rejoin opposition

Taiwan's main opposition grouping on Wednesday approved an application by disgraced ex-president Chen Shui-bian to rejoin the party despite fears the move would damage its image. Chen, who is serving a 20-year sentence for corruption, quit the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2008 after money-laundering allegations against him and his family surfaced. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 but the term was reduced on appeal. The 62-year-old applied in May to rejoin the party he once led. The application was approved by a screening committee.

Jailed former Taiwanese President Chen to rejoin DPP

Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian's request to rejoin the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party was approved Wednesday following a party meeting, with his office expressing Chen's gratitude to the DPP for letting him rejoin the party. "He loves the DPP and believes in the DPP...As a member of the big family, he will forever be a volunteer for the party," Chen's office said in a statement.

Taiwan ex-leader Chen tries to kill himself in jail

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian has tried to commit suicide in the prison where he is serving a 20-year sentence for corruption, the justice ministry said Monday. Chen attempted to hang himself with a towel in a bathroom at the jail in the central city of Taichung Sunday night, but was prevented by a guard, the ministry said in a statement. It said medical personnel were immediately called to check his condition and no abnormalities were found.

Jailed ex-Taiwan president Chen attempts suicide

Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, who is serving a 20-year jail sentence for corruption, tried to kill himself over the weekend, his office confirmed Monday. Chen attempted to hang himself Sunday night to express his "strong displeasure" with what he called "political persecution" by the government of the ruling Nationalist Party (KMT), his office said.

Taiwan ex-president's prison term extended

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian, jailed for corruption in 2009, has had his prison term extended by 18 months to 20 years due to a further bribery conviction. Chen, 62, was already serving an 18 1/2-year term for corruption and money-laundering convictions relating to his 2000-2008 presidency -- charges he says stem from a vendetta by the current Beijing-friendly government. The high court ruled Friday that Chen should serve the extra time for taking bribes from businessmen in a high-profile financial merger case. He was convicted of the offences in December.
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