TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A statement from media personality Dennis Peng (彭文 正) that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) lost the Taiwan High Court case over the authenticity of her London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) D. Grad was wrong, her lawyers said on Wednesday (Jan. 20).
Peng, who has been following the allegations against the president since 2019, claimed a big win in a Facebook post, CNA reported. While losing the case at the district court level, the High Court on Wednesday ruled that there had been major problems with the trial and asked the lower court to overturn its original judgment and retry the trial.
However, President Tsai’s attorneys issued a statement stating that the High Court’s ruling made no comments on the existence of her doctoral degree. The court only found that the Taipei District Court had committed procedural errors in handling the case, according to the lawyers.
They reiterated that the existence of Tsai’s doctoral degree and dissertation could not be denied, as documents and statements from the LSE and the Taiwan Ministry of Education confirmed that the president had obtained the degree.
The controversy surrounding Tsai’s diploma was a major point in 2019 when former Prime Minister Lai Ching-te (賴清德) challenged her to run for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential nomination. In the end, she won the primary, and later invited Lai to be her runner-up in the January 2020 election, which the duo won by a landslide.