Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

President Ma to sue commentator and lawmaker

President Ma to sue commentator and lawmaker

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An attorney representing President Ma Ying-jeou will file a defamation suit against a talk show commentator and an opposition lawmaker Thursday, according to media reports.
For several weeks, talk show celebrities have accused the president of accepting off-the-books payments from business groups such as Ting Hsin International, the company at the center of several major food safety scandals.
Last week, the Presidential Office announced it would take legal action against commentator Chen Min-feng and against Democratic Progressive Party legislator Tuan Yi-kang. According to cable station ETTV, attorney Hung Wen-chun would represent Ma and Presidential Office manager Kang Ping-cheng to appear at the Taipei District Court at 10:30 Thursday morning.
The back-and-forth legal cases began when talk show host Clara Chou accused senior government leaders of acting as “guardian angels” on Ting Hsin’s behalf, shielding the company from criticism and from being attacked during the campaign for last November’s local elections.
Later, she specified her allegations and said that the president personally accepted NT$200 million (US$6.4 million) from the Wei brothers who run Ting Hsin. Ma accused her of spreading baseless rumors and sued her for defamation.
However, despite repeated responses and clarifications by the president, Chen and Tuan came up with more allegations of similar amounts of funds being donated by major corporations, including a group of electronics giants.
Despite Ma’s denials, the Supreme Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Division opened an investigation into the cases and questioned more than a dozen people, including former presidential officials, business people and politicians of varying backgrounds.
Critics of the president have hinted that after he leaves office next year, he might face the same kind of treatment handed out to his DPP predecessor Chen Shui-bian, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison on corruption-related charges.


Updated : 2021-09-19 21:41 GMT+08:00