Prosecutors reject call to restrict Ma

ESCAPE TO US?Activists blasted the decision, saying Ma Ying-jeou should be banned from leaving the country to secure evidence in potential corruption cases against him

Taipei Times
Date: May 14, 2016

President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at an event in Yilan County yesterday. Photo: Chiang Chih-

By: Huang Po-hsin, Hsien Chun-lin and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writer

President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at an event in Yilan County yesterday. Photo: Chiang Chih-hsiung, Taipei Times

hsiung, Taipei Times

Lawyers Huang Ti-ying (黃帝穎) and Cheng Wen-lung (鄭文龍) yesterday panned the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office for rejecting a request by several civic groups to prohibit President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) from leaving the country amid allegations of abuse of power and corruption.

Huang, along with the Taiwan Association of University Professors, the Taiwan Forever group and the Northern Taiwan Society, on April 26 lodged a formal complaint with the Taipei office against Ma.

They accused Ma of profiting the Farglory Group (遠雄集團) in the scandal-dogged Taipei Dome project during his term as Taipei mayor and instigating former prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) in 2013 to leak details in a controversial wiretapping investigation of former legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), while questioning reports of unexplained increases in his personal wealth while in office.

The groups asked the office to ban Ma, who is to step down on Friday next week, from leaving the country to secure potential evidence.     [FULL  STORY]

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