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Former Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou sentenced to 4 months in prison

Taiwan’s former president Ma Ying-jeou has been sentenced to four months in prison for leaking classified information, in a ruling that could deter other leaders of the self-ruled island from consulting their aides for fear of violating the law, observers said.

A senior member of Taiwan’s embattled opposition party Kuomintang (KMT) – of which Ma was once chairman – described the ruling as a political move by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and urged the public to remember it when voting in the local government elections later in the year.

Taiwan’s High Court on Tuesday found Ma guilty of improperly disclosing, in September 2013, a wiretapped conversation between the former legislative speaker – and Ma’s political rival – Wang Jin-pyng, and the then-opposition DPP’s chief whip Ker Chien-ming to then-cabinet chief Jiang Yi-huah and his top aide, Lo Chih-chiang.

Written by Gift Amadi

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