The Taipei District Court said yesterday it had stepped up network security amid rumors that hackers were attempting to intercept the verdict in former Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou's (
Court spokesman Liu Shou-sung (
Although Ma, the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) presidential candidate, has said he will not go to the court to hear the verdict, his supporters are expected to attend en masse.
Ma was indicted on Feb. 13 on corruption charges for allegedly embezzling NT$11 million (US$333,000) from his special mayoral allowance.
Ma said in his defense he believed government officials' special allowances should be treated as income and not as public funds.
Prosecutors said that between December 1998 and July last year, Ma wired half of his monthly special allowance -- NT$170,000 -- into a personal account. In this way, they said, Ma had accumulated NT$11,176,227 in accounts belonging to himself and his wife.
The verdict could have an impact on Ma's presidential bid, as well as on the investigations into the handling of similar funds by several Democratic Progressive Party politicians, including presidential rival Frank Hsieh (