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Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker representing a Kaohsiung constituency and presently actively campaigning for his party’s nomination for the Kaohsiung City Mayoral 2018 election, is asking for privacy for his father and his family after the former’s Wednesday release on parole.

(Chen Che-nan, right, sits with then-President Chen Shui-bain, left, in happier times)

The Central News Agency has more:

“Chen Che-nan, 77, (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 … 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.

(Chen, upon his Wednesday release on parole, CNA)

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.”

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(Chen appears at one of his many court trials, which in total lasted some eight years)

In what way the elder Chen’s release might affect the chances of his son snagging the DPP nomination for KHH Mayor in March 2018 (the election is in November, but any DPP nominee is heavily favored to win) is unknown, but ‘talking heads’ have noted “issues” related to the elder Chen’s connection to ex-president Chen Shui-bian may indeed be a factor in whether the party selects the younger Chen as its 2018 standard-bearer for Kaohsiung.

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(A campaign poster for Chen who hopes to run for Kaohsiung mayor in 2018)


(Cover photo shows the elder Chen as he began serving his term over three years ago. Chen Che-nan was released on parole on Oct. 11, 2017.)