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Taiwan court suspends trial of ailing ex-president

Published on Dec 21, 2013 12:16 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taiwanese court has suspended the trial of former president Chen Shui-bian on the ground that he is suffering from depression, dementia and other health problems, officials said Saturday.

Chen, who is already serving a 20-year jail term for corruption, has been on trial since last year for allegedly taking illegal possession of confidential documents while he was in office.

However, Taipei district court said it had decided to suspend the proceedings after a medical team found that the ailing Chen was unfit to stand trial.

"The defendant suffers from language impairment, minor dementia, severe depression and is suicidal ... he obviously lacks the capabilities to stand trail and cannot attend court due to his illness," it said in a statement.

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