Taiwan President Ma questioned in probe over phone tapping: Report
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese prosecutors questioned President Ma Ying-jeou late on Thursday, a report said, following allegations that a legislator's phone was wiretapped in a widening political scandal that has gripped the island.
Mr Ma, whose approval ratings have plummeted in the wake of the scandal, was questioned as a witness by the Taipei district prosecutors' office over claims a top prosecutor illegally leaked information to him about a sensitive case, the state Central News Agency said without elaborating.
Prosecutor General Huang Shyh-ming has been accused of leaking information about an influence peddling case implicating parliamentary speaker Wang Jin-pyng and lawmaker Ker Chien-ming of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The information was obtained by a wiretap on Mr Ker's phone and Mr Huang is accused of illegally passing that information on to Mr Ma.