Chen Shui-bian, the imprisoned former President of the Republic of China in-exile, is seriously ill say two doctors who have examined Chen. Ma Ying-jeou, Chen’s successor, reinstated to a second term in office last week, has refused to grant a medical parole. Meanwhile, Barack Obama remains silent on Chen’s plight in spite of the San Francisco Peace Treaty and the Taiwan Relations Act which govern the United States relationship to the people of Taiwan.
After considerable public protest over Chen’s lack of medical treatment the former leader was granted a six-hour hospital visit recently to conduct diagnostic tests following the announcement of new criminal charges against him. Chen, who was convicted of alleged corruption charges after a controversial trial, now is accused of holding on to some of his presidential papers when he left office. Chen had transferred a number of boxes of documents to his government-funded office for the stated purpose of writing memoirs.