What Does Ma Ying-jeou’s Indictment Mean For Taiwan’s Democracy?

The News Lens
Date: 2017/03/17
By: Brian Hioe

With the indictment of former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, Brian Hioe observes that Ma facing jail time ‘may threaten the international perception of Taiwan as a democracy.’

Many questions remain to be answered in coming days with the indictment of former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on charges over leaks of classified information regarding the 2013 wiretapping of Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), then the minority speaker of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus. The case dates back to the so-called September Political Crisis of 2013, in which Ker was accused of seeking aid from Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), then the majority speaker of the Kuomintang (KMT), to get Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫), the Minister of Justice, to not pursue charges against Ker for illegal lobbying.

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