By: Wang Yang-yu, Hsiao Po-wen and Y.F. Low
Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has been found guilty of
helping leak classified information and sentenced to four months in prison by the Taiwan High Court, in a ruling that reversed a not-guilty verdict handed down by a lower court.
The Taiwan High Court on Tuesday found Ma guilty of abetting the leak of classified information related to the investigation of an opposition lawmaker while the probe was in progress in September 2013.
The sentence can be commuted to a fine. The case can still be appealed.
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).