Ma found not guilty of leaking confidential information

The Taipei District Court on Tuesday found former president Ma Ying-jeou not guilty of leaking confidential information and libel in 2013, while he was still office.

The case was brought 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 said Ma 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.

President Judge Liao Chien-yu said there was insufficient proof that Ma had persuaded Huang Shih-ming to disclose confidential information. The case of libel against Ma also doesn't stand, Liao said, also because of a lack of concrete proof.

Source: Radio Taiwan International