Previously, DPP legislator Ker Chien-ming filed a lawsuit against former president Ma Ying-jeou over alleged leaks of confidential information. Yesterday, the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office summoned Ma as well as former prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming for questioning in the case's second hearing. After three and a half hours, the court ordered further questioning on Feb. 21. It may close the case the same day.
More than 3 years ago, DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming was embroiled in a power struggle known as the "September Strife" and filed a lawsuit against former president Ma Ying-jeou over soliciting confidential information. Yesterday, the second hearing took place and both former prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming and Ma's then-secretary Lin Yu-chen were summoned for questioning. Ma appeared in court wearing protective gear because of a leg wound. Before the court began, Ker questioned how Ma have gotten away, given that Huang had been convicted.
==KER CHIEN-MING DPP caucus whip==
He should admit his mistakes at once to retain his dignity. Otherwise, not only will he be subject to a jail sentence, but he will be condemned for his mistake by history.
During the hearing, Ker's lawyer and the presiding judge focused on the details of the case. Huang, however, was evasive in his rambling of an answer to questions from Ker's lawyer, and the judge stopped him accordingly. As to Huang's phone conversation with Ma on the night of the September Strife, Huang initially said that it would take a long time to explain, but soon elaborated on the details at the request of the judge. After Huang, Ma's then-secretary Lin Yu-chen was summoned for questioning. The hearing ended in the evening and Ma said that today's hearing was more about fact clarification, and hasn't touched on more substantial matters of the case.
==MA YING-JEOU former president==
Today, there was no discussion of factual questions. The hearing mainly focused on summoning two witnesses to clarify what happened on the early morning of Sept. 1.
As Huang has served his sentence for charges made against him, his testimony will play a critical role. The hearing today took three and a half hours due to detailed questioning. The court ordered a debate to be held at 2 pm on Feb. 21 and didn't rule out the possibility of closing the case on the same day.
TRANSLATED BY：BRYANT CHANG
記者 陳佳鑫 張梓嘉 吳其昌 台北報導