News anchor loses case over Taiwan president’s LSE diploma

Taipei District Court rules Peng's arguments are no grounds for legal case

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Media personality Dennis Peng. 

Media personality Dennis Peng.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei District Court on Wednesday (Jan. 11) rejected a case by news anchor Dennis Peng (彭文正)alleging that President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) diploma and dissertation from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) did not exist.

Last year, academics, media personalities and politicians alleged Tsai had never completed a dissertation and therefore not obtained a PhD degree from the prestigious British institution in 1984.

The court ruled Wednesday that Peng had not explained clearly whether Tsai’s dissertation existed or not, and that whether the president held a PhD degree from the LSE or not was not a legal matter, but purely a matter of truth or not, the Liberty Times reported.

As a result, Peng’s case would not be treated but appeals against Wednesday’s court decision were still possible, according to the report.

Late last year, the Presidential Office hosted a news conference rebutting the allegations against Tsai.