Taiwan’s ex-leader Ma in libel case

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  • Wednesday, 03 Aug 2016

President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at a loacl designing awards ceremony in Taipei on April 21, 2016.He won Taiwans largest ever landslide victory to become president in 2008 -- but Ma Ying-jeou leaves office later this month labelled a lame duck leader after his rapprochement with China turned the public against him. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH / TO GO WITH STORY: Taiwan-China-Politics-Ma, by Benjaming Yeh

Taipei: Taiwan’s former president Ma Ying-jeou (pic) made his first appearance in court in a long-running libel case against a commentator who claimed he had taken illicit political donations.

It comes as Ma himself faces a series of cases brought by political rivals now that his presidential immunity has ended.

Those cases make a range of allegations, including accusing Ma of leaking political secrets, failing to declare assets and benefiting a company in a construction project.

Ma served as president for two terms, from 2008 to May this year when he handed the reins to rival Tsai Ing-wen.

He made no statements during yesterday’s hearing at the High Court, which has been reviewing his appeal after a district court cleared commentator Clara Chou.

Outside court he denied that he had accepted T$200 million (RM25.1mil) in political donations.

Ma filed defamation lawsuits in 2014 against Chou for alleging that he accepted illicit political donations from Ting Hsin International Group, which has been hit by a string of safety scandals. — AFP

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