Red Brick Daily

In a video shot on Saturday and later posted online, former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁)  is seen walking along the Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum sidewalk / jogging path … and looking quite healthy for a guy who is out of jail on “medical parole.”

Recent debates over whether to pardon Chen will no doubt be impacted by people’s opinion of the video, which shows Chen walking near his house on Ming Cheng Rd. in Kaohsiung’s Gushan District and chastising the man making the video.

“What are you doing?” Chen angrily asks the cameraman. “It is illegal (to do what you’re doing.) I can take you to court. I’ll do it.”

Some media outlets have identified the man behind the camera as bread vendor Huang Shi-fu (黃士福). Just two weeks ago, Huang posted a picture of Chen walking with another person near the KHH Fine Arts Museum. Huang said he sells bread in the area … and can often see Chen taking what he called “just a regular stroll.”

Chen was in office from 2000 to 2008. He served more than six years of a 20-year prison sentence after being convicted on corruption charges.

He was given medical parole in January 2015 … with his doctors saying he battled depression, suspected Parkinson’s disease and brain atrophy.

Some are denouncing Chen … claiming he is faking his illness to avoid serving his time. Others are criticizing the person who made the video for violating Chen’s human rights … and suspect he has a political motivation.

Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) last week said more research into the legal issues was needed before the Tsai administration decides on any possible pardon.

(Photo via CNA)