Ma acquitted of information leakage charges

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Ma acquitted of information leakage charges

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) The Taiwan High Court rejected Wednesday an appeal filed by Taipei prosecutors after former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was acquitted by a lower court in a case related to charges of leaking information on Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

Neither Ma nor Ke were present to hear the verdict.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office filed an appeal Sept. 15 against a ruling by the Taipei District Court that acquitted Ma of abetting the leakage of classified information related to an investigation into Ker while the probe was ongoing in September 2013.

The case dates back to September 2013, when it was disclosed that then-State Prosecutor-General Huang Shyh-ming (黃世銘) showed Ma a transcript of wiretapped conversations that were part of evidence collected in an ongoing investigation of alleged breach of trust by Ker.

In the taped conversations, then-Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Ker were heard talking about lobbying two senior justice officials, including the minister of justice, to prevent an appeal in a breach of trust case in which Ker had been acquitted.

According to prosecutors, Ma encouraged Huang to leak the content of the recording, Ker's personal information and other information related to the investigation, to then-Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and then-Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強).

The Taipei District Court ruled Aug. 25 that Ma was not guilty, saying that there was insufficient evidence to show Ma had instigated the leak and no indication of criminal intent on the former president's part.

The court also cited Article 44 of the Republic of China Constitution to rule in Ma's favor, saying that as president, he had the power to intervene in disputes between different branches of government.

(By Liu Shih-yi and Flor Wang)
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