MA TRIAL TAKE TWO:The lawmaker said the judge’s explanation of the March 28 verdict was untenable, as Ma Ying-jeou’s guilt was evident, despite a lack of audio
Date: May 17, 2017
By: Hsieh Chun-lin, Huang Hsin-po and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) accused a
judge of being former President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) defense attorney as the second trial over alleged breach of confidence by Ma began yesterday.
Ker said that the judge in the first trial should not have ruled in Ma’s favor in the case, which stems from Ker’s accusation that Ma breached judicial independence by instructing then-prosecutor general Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) to provide information regarding an ongoing investigation.
The investigation, conducted by the now-defunct Special Investigation Division, was probing allegations that Ker and then-legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) were involved in improper use of influence.
Ma is accused of soliciting Huang to break confidentiality when the former president invited him to the presidential residence on Sept. 1, 2013, to report on the investigation, Ker’s lawyer Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) said. [FULL STORY]