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Ma criticized for grand justice selection

Ma criticized for grand justice selection

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou was slammed by critics Wednesday for apparently selecting a grand justice who had once found him not guilty as a candidate for the Council of Grand Justices.
Ma recently nominated four candidates to the top judicial body who will have to win confirmation by the Legislative Yuan.
One of the choices, Shilin District Court chief judge Lin Chun-yi, 58, once served as a Supreme Court judge and in that capacity issued a final not-guilty verdict for Ma in a case concerning the use of special government funds.
His nomination for a seat on the Council of Grand Justices raised accusations of being a reward for his services to the president, according to a report on the website of the Chinese-language Apple Daily.
The news of Lin’s selection was reportedly revealed by a judge at the Taoyuan District Court in a posting on Facebook.
Some critics did not only fault the president, but also Lin himself for not rejecting his nomination but apparently accepting it.
The attorney who helped Ma win the case was reportedly Luo Ying-shay, the current justice minister, inviting the making of comparisons between the two appointments by critics.
Asked about his nomination, Lin said that in the case involving the president, he was only one of five judges involved in issuing the ruling, and that they did not rule on the heart of the case, but only about a procedural matter, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-28 09:45 GMT+08:00