Yesterday afternoon, it was reported that former President Chen attempted suicide again. In our office, people were debating. Some stated that he again was acting; some argued that it was a symptom due to his severe depression; some pointed out that Chen has already been tortured to near death by Ma. I did not participate in the debate. However, subconsciously, I recalled a comment from a senior democracy activist, who stated that President Chen should follow his example not to show any weakness and not to ask for leniency.
I was never interested in politics and have paid little attention to it. However, due to my law background, I have followed the lawsuits against President Chen in the past few years. Now, like a judge forming his or her "judicial discretion", I come to realize that this is a clear-cut case of political persecution: political power is used to manipulate the judicial system and the judicial system, willingly degrading itself, succumbs to the autocratic political power. If President Chen is in despair due to his loss of hope of winning back his freedom, I am also in despair because I have lost all my hope and trust in the judicial system of Taiwan. Moreover, I have lost my hope in the ability of media, politicians, and intellectuals of Taiwan to recognize the seriousness of the crisis when the general public have lost their confidence in the fairness of the judicial system.
(The author has a law degree and a 9-5 job, and is a citizen of New Taipei City)
Published on Liberty Times / Translated by Jay Tu