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Final court ruling finds Ma not guilty

JAIL TIME The judges also upheld the Taiwan High Court’s guilty verdict and prison sentence for Yu Wen, Ma’s secretary, who admitted he had forged receipts for Ma

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Yu conceded that he had forged receipts to apply for funds for Ma.

The Taipei District Court handed down the first verdict on Aug. 14.

The judges said Ma had not illegally pocketed his special allowance money.

Yu, however, was sentenced to 14 months in prison. Prosecutors appealed for the first time on Aug. 29.


On Dec. 28, the Taiwan High Court upheld the district court’s verdict, saying that Ma had only spent the money on necessary expenses.

Yu’s sentence was reduced to one year in jail. Prosecutors appealed on Jan. 9.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih and Flora Wang

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