Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Ying-jeou, Former Taiwan President, Sent To Four Months In Jail

Ying-jeou, Former Taiwan President, Sent To Four Months In Jail

A court in Taiwan on Tuesday sentenced former president Ma Ying-jeou to four months jail over a leak of information related to national security, legal documents showed, but he vowed to appeal, and could avoid jail altogether by paying a fine.

The High Court of Taiwan overturned a decision from a lower district court, convicting Ma of violating the Communications and Surveillance Act.

The court found that MA Ying-jeou contributed to the leak of information related to national security, and the identity of one of the opposition politicians, which was to remain confidential.

The Taipei District Court, however, found Ma not guilty of the two charges on August 25, 2017, after which prosecutors appealed. Ma has pledged to appeal the decision but could still avoid his sentence by paying a fine of roughly United States dollars $4,000.

In a statement released by his office following the verdict, Ma said he would appeal the sentence.

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Ma was acquitted of the charges past year by the Taipei District Court, which found him not guilty in a case that charged him with instructing then-State Prosecutor-General Huang Shyh-ming (黃世銘) to disclose confidential information from a judicial probe.

Ma accused Wang of pressuring prosecutors not to appeal against the acquittal of Ker, who sought charges against the ex-president of leaking confidential information.

A former stalwart of the opposition Nationalist or Kuomintang Party, Ma was Taiwan's 18th President, serving between 2008 and 2016, a period that ushered in an era of closer ties with mainland China.

During his tenure, he focused on improving relations with China.

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