Judicial Yuan official confident in judicial independence

Judicial Yuan Secretary General Lu Tai-lang says he is confident in the independence of Taiwan's judiciary.

Lu was speaking at the Legislature Wednesday. He was responding to concerns that judges may face greater political pressure after the recent indictment of former President Ma Ying-jeou.

Lu said that in his experience, the judiciary is not influenced by partisanship.

"We believe that all of judges' trials are conducted independently and in accordance with the law. No political parties intervene nor are they allowed to. Just as we said in a recent press release, we believe that the judiciary is very independent," said Lu.

Former President Ma Ying-jeou has been indicted on charges of leaking classified information and for abuse of authority.

The case was brought against Ma by ruling Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Ker Chien-ming. Ker alleged that Ma leaked secret information to then-premier Jiang Yi-huah and then-Presidential Office spokesperson Lo Chih-chiang. Ker also claimed Ma had persuaded former prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming to disclose details of an ongoing investigation into Ker himself.

The information in question concerned alleged influence-peddling involving then Legislature president Wang Jin-pyng on behalf of Ker. Ma was seeking at the time to oust long-time rival Wang from his Kuomintang party.

Ma stressed his innocence on Tuesday and said he expects the court to eventually hand out a fair and just verdict. A final ruling on the case is expected on March 28.

Source: Radio Taiwan International