Taiwan’s ex-president Ma faces court battles as immunity ends
Dozens of lawsuits brought against former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou reopened Saturday as his presidential immunity lapsed after its new leader took office.
Ma left the presidential office Friday as Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took the reins as the island’s first female leader, after winning a landslide victory in January.
Ma came to power in 2008 partly due to his “Mr Clean” image, favored by a public fed up with the scandals of former DPP leader Chen Shui-bian, who was jailed for corruption.
However, Ma now faces his own court battles as political rivals hurl suits at him on a range of allegations, including leaking political secrets and failing to declare assets. Read More