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Jailed ex-president back in hospital for follow-up checkup

2012/05/23 10:32:42

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) Jailed former President Chen Shui-bian was given another checkup at a hospital outside Taipei Prison Wednesday, with tests expected to focus on his heart and prostate.

Arriving early in the morning at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou escorted by police, Chen was to have ultrasounds and CT scans done to determine if he has heart or prostate problems, prison officials said.

He will be taken back to the prison later in the day and will not stay overnight at the hospital, the officials said.

This is the third time Chen, who is serving a 17.5-year sentence for corruption, has been allowed to leave the prison for medical checkups and treatment.

He underwent an angiogram at Taoyuan General Hospital in March after complaining of discomfort in his chest. During another visit to the hospital last month, he was found to have a tumor in his prostate.

With the former president's health showing no improvement, his family asked that he be taken to a second hospital to be examined again.

Chen Chih-chung, the former president's son, expressed the hope that his father's health problems could finally be correctly diagnosed and properly treated because they have persisted for months, leaving the family very anxious.

Meanwhile, a group of Chen's supporters were gathered outside the hospital to show their backing for the former president, shouting "A-bian is innocent" when they saw him arrive.

(By Bien Chin-feng and Y.F. Low)