Taiwan president’s attorneys deny defeat in Ph.D. court case

District court forced to redo case because of errors in proceedings: Attorneys

Media personality Dennis Peng 

Media personality Dennis Peng  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A statement by media personality Dennis Peng (彭文正) that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) had lost a Taiwan High Court case over the authenticity of her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Ph. D. was false, her attorneys said Wednesday (Jan. 20).

Peng, who has been pursuing the allegations against the president since 2019, claimed a major victory in a Facebook post, CNA reported. While he had lost the case at the district court level, the High Court ruled Wednesday that there were major problems with the judicial proceedings and ordered the lower court to rescind its original verdict and conduct the case all over again.

However, President Tsai’s attorneys issued a statement saying that the High Court ruling had not commented on the nature of her Ph. D. degree. The court merely found that the Taipei District Court had committed procedural errors during its handling of the case, according to the attorneys.

They reiterated that Tsai’s Ph. D. and dissertation could not be denied, as documents and statements from the LSE and from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education confirm the president did obtain the degree.

Tsai’s diploma was a subject of controversy in 2019 as former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) challenged her in the Democratic Progressive Party’s presidential primary. In the end, she won the primary and later invited Lai to be her running mate in the January 2020 election, which the duo won by a landslide.

Updated : 2021-03-04 09:18 GMT+08:00