EXECUTIVE POWER? The former president had undermined the Constitution and disregarded the rule of law, and is not a good model for the public, the court said
Date: May 16, 2018
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The Taiwan High Court yesterday found former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) guilty of
leaking classified information obtained from Special Investigation Division (SID) wiretaps of two top lawmakers in 2013.
Ma is the second former Taiwanese president to be convicted of a crime, following former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), since direct presidential elections started in 1996.
Overturning the Taipei District Court’s not guilty verdict delivered on Aug. 25 last year, the High Court said Ma contravened the Communication Security and Surveillance Act (通訊保障及監察法) and the Personal Information Protection Act (個人資料保護法), and was guilty of leaking confidential information under the Criminal Code.
He was sentenced to four months in jail, which can be commuted to a fine of NT$120,000.
Ma said he would appeal the ruling. [FULL STORY]