TAIPEI (CNA) – Chen Che-nan (陳哲男), a senior aide during the administration of former President Chen Shui-bian, was released on parole Wednesday after serving three years of a seven-year sentence.
On the release of the 77-year-old former official, his son Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker, said his father was suffering from heart disease and needed rest and care.
A Presidential Office deputy secretary-general from 2000 to 2004, Chen Che-nan was sentenced by the Supreme Court to seven years in prison in November 2014 and deprived of his civil rights for five years on charges of bribery and influence peddling.
The sentence came after a court battle that lasted eight years, during which Chen Che-nan was put under police observation so that he could not flee the country.
In its ruling, the court said Chen Che-nan was guilty of accepting a bribe of NT$6 million (US$194,118) from Liang Po-hsun (梁柏薰), a former construction company chairman who was embroiled in a legal case, to have the charges dropped against Liang.
However, Liang was convicted in the breach-of-trust case and revealed the bribery in 2004. Two years later, Chen Che-nan was indicted on bribery charges. •
By Wang Shu-fen and S.C. Chang