TAIPEI: Taiwan’s former president Ma Ying-jeou was slapped with new charges on Tuesday in a political leaks controversy, just weeks before he faces possible conviction in another related case, reports AFP.
While still in office Ma was protected by political immunity. But since he stepped down as leader in May last year he has been hit with a range of corruption and other allegations.
Ma’s Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party held power from 2008 to 2016, before they were trounced by Tsai Ing-wen and her opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).Taipei prosecutors acting on behalf of the government charged Ma Tuesday with leaking secrets to the island’s then premier Jiang Yi-huah and an aide about a confidential judicial probe in 2013.
They also accused him of instructing a top prosecutor to disclose confidential information to Jiang.
The 2013 investigation at the heart of the controversy was looking into whether the parliamentary speaker at the time—a political rival of Ma—had influenced a case against an opposition lawmaker.
Ma told reporters Tuesday he was confident of his innocence and vowed to “fight to the end for justice”.
“I will explain at court that the matter was about handling official affairs and crisis management and that it did not constitute a crime,” he said.