Date
26 July 2017
Ma Ying-jeou is accused of breaking laws on the protection of personal information, release of secrets and communications security and surveillance. Photo: AFP
Ma Ying-jeou is accused of breaking laws on the protection of personal information, release of secrets and communications security and surveillance. Photo: AFP

Taiwan’s former leader Ma Ying-jeou charged with secrets leak

Taiwan’s former president Ma Ying-jeou has been charged with leaking classified information involving suspected influence-peddling by a powerful opposition lawmaker, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The Taipei District Public Prosecutor’s Office said Ma, former head of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang party, broke laws on the protection of personal information, release of secrets and communications security and surveillance, the newspaper quoted the spokesman of the prosecutor’s office, Chang Chieh-chin, as saying on Tuesday.

In 2013, lawmaker Ker Chien-ming of the Democratic Progressive Party accused Ma of leaking information taken from a wiretapped conversation in which Wang Jin-pyng, then the speaker of the parliament and Ma’s chief rival in the Kuomintang, pressed judicial officials to acquit Ker in a separate case, the report said.

If convicted, Ma may face a jail sentence of up to three years for each of the charges.

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