Chen Shui-bian thanks THRAC for cards and concern
THRAC President Michael Stainton spent an hour visiting with Chen Shui-bian 陳水扁at the Taichung Prison on January 24, accompanied by former legislator Michael Tsai (蔡明憲) and Kaohsiung Legislator Qiu Zhiwei (邱志偉) . Chen's situation was not as bad as expected. He looked good, though he has some trembling of his hands and an occasional slight stutter. He was using a wheel-chair because his balance is bad. Seven prisoners work on shifts as his caregivers. Chen spoke for most of the hour discussing DPP chances in the upcoming year-end election. So though his brain has some shrinkage, which is the source of his other physical problems, he is still very much engaged in Taiwan's political life.
Michael gave him a new book on George Leslie Mackay, and they all prayed together. The visit took place around a big table in a pleasant living room in his small house with an official from the prison sitting at the other end taking occasional notes, but not interfering in the visit. There was no time limit imposed on the visit by the prison.
Chen remembered and expressed thanks for the concern THRAC has shown for him. He said he has received the cards we have mailed him.