Case dates back to power struggle with legislative speaker
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei District Prosecutors Office will summon former President Ma Ying-
jeou for questioning on December 1 as a defendant on the accusation of having made the prosecutor general leak confidential information.
The case goes back to his power struggle with then-Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng beginning in late 2013. At the time, the prosecutor general told Ma at the latter’s residence that Wang had tried to influence prosecutors into not filing an appeal against a not-guilty verdict for a top opposition lawmaker, Ker Chien-ming.
As a result, Ma accused Wang of influence peddling and tried to have him ousted from the Kuomintang, which would have ended the latter’s legislative career. After courts repeatedly sided with Wang in the dispute, the KMT eventually ended its attempts to expel him.
Earlier this month, Ma already appeared at the Taipei District Court as a defendant because he had been sued over the same case by Ker. [FULL STORY]