Date: Dec 31, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The Taipei District Court yesterday handed former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) a victory in his defamation lawsuit against veteran media personality Wu Tzu-chia (吳子嘉), vice chairman of my-formosa.com (美麗島電子報), who alleged that Ma and his campaign team received a NT$1 billion (US$30.98 million) off-the-books donation from Ting Hsin International Group.
Saying Wu failed to provide evidence to support his allegations, the court ordered him to pay Ma NT$1.8 million in damages and to issue a public apology statement in the nation’s major newspapers.
It was the first ruling on the case, and the decision can be appealed.
The compensation was far lower than the NT$3 million in punitive damages asked. [FULL STORY]