Former Taiwan president gets jail time for information leak

  • Former Taiwan president gets jail time for information leak

Former Taiwan president gets jail time for information leak

"Ma Ying-jeou violated the Communication and Surveillance Act", the court said in its judgment, adding that the punishment for the sections infringed was four months' imprisonment.

Ma was acquitted of the charges past year by the Taipei District Court, which found him not guilty in a case that charged him with instructing then-State Prosecutor-General Huang Shyh-ming (黃世銘) to disclose confidential information from a judicial probe.

Ex-Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou was sentenced to four months in jail for leaking details of a criminal investigation while still in office, although the former Kuomintang leader could still avoid jail time by paying a fine or winning on appeal.

Ma has pledged to appeal the decision but could still avoid his sentence by paying a fine of roughly Dollars $4,000. He also served as the justice minister and mayor of Taipei.

Citing Article 44 of the Constitution, the district court noted that Ma, as president, had right to intervene in disputes between different branches of government.

The Taipei District Court, however, found Ma not guilty of the two charges on August 25, 2017, after which prosecutors appealed.

High Court spokeswoman Wu Wei-ya told a news conference that Ma should have been aware that he was obligated to respect the confidentiality of the information. According to the materials of the case, MA Ying-jeou urged the then attorney General of Taiwan Huang Shimin's illegal to open and pass the contents of telephone conversations, which Ke Jianming conducted with former Parliament speaker Wang Jinping.

The case goes back to September 2013 when it was disclosed that then-State Prosecutor-General Huang Shyh-ming (黃世銘) had shown Ma a transcript of wiretapped conversations that were part of evidence collected in an ongoing investigation of alleged breach of trust by senior Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).