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Ex-Taiwan leader indicted

The Associated Press TAIPEI (AP) — Prosecutors in Taiwan on Tuesday indicted China-friendly ex-president Ma Ying-jeou over the leaking of classified information involving suspected influence peddling by a powerful opposition lawmaker.

The Taipei District Public Prosecutor’s Office found after a six-month probe that Ma broke laws on the protection of personal information, release of secrets and communications security and surveillance, office spokesman Chang Chieh-chin said.

Ma, 66, a U.S.-educated legal scholar, was credited with substantially improving Taiwan’s relations with rival China during his two terms in office from 2008 to 2016. However, his push for ever-closer ties sparked a backlash, especially among young Taiwanese wary of China. Speech

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