Jailed Taiwanese Ex-leader Hospitalized
Authorities took former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian from his jail cell to a hospital Sunday when a doctor detected an irregular heartbeat following Chen’s five-day hunger strike over his arrest on corruption charges.
A prison doctor examined 57-year-old Chen on Sunday and recommended his hospitalization, said Lee Ta-chu, an official at Tucheng Jail, where Chen had been held in solitary confinement since Wednesday while prosecutors investigate graft allegations against him.
Chen “is having difficulty breathing and is complaining of pain on the left side of his chest,” Lee told The Associated Press. The former president was conscious when taken to the hospital, he said.