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Jaycee Chan Jailed 6-Months, But To Be Out In 1-Month For CNY



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Jan 09 2015
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Jaycee Chan Jo-ming, the American-born son of kungfu action superstar Jackie Chan, was jailed for six months and fined 2,000 yuan (US$320; £213; HK$2,500; RM1,150) today at Beijing Dongcheng District People’s court. The 32-year-old actor and singer who was formally charged last month with “the crime of sheltering others to take drugs” after testing positive for marijuana, had pleaded guilty to the charge.

 

He had been detained, along with Taiwanese movie star Ko Chen-tung, on suspicion of drug use at a foot massage parlour in the capital on August 14 last year. Mr Ko was released after 14 days in administrative detention, while Chan was prosecuted. Prosecutor Lin Meimei told the court that Chan had been taken away by police for investigation from the foot massage parlour after police were tipped-off.

Jaycee Chan led to Court - Drug Charges

In what appears to be his first public appearance after his arrest, Chan admitted to making his home in Beijing available to drug users, Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (Ko Chen-tung) and Chinese entertainer Alice Li, four times: one day in mid-2012, and July 10, Aug 13 and Aug 14 last year. On three of the four occasions, he hosted Ko in his luxury apartment at Naga Shangyuan. On Aug 14, Li smoked marijuana in a bathroom.

 

Two hours after being detained, Chan confessed to police that he had marijuana at his apartment. Police said 118 grams of marijuana were later found at Chan’s home and that both men had admitted to using the drug. The maximum sentence for the charge was three years in prison. However, Lawyer Si Weijiang said Jaycee is likely to be set free in about a month as the authorities would take into account the time he had spent in detention.

Jaycee Chan and Jackie Chan

The trial and sentence have particularly sensitive for 60-year-old Jackie Chan, who served as an anti-drug ambassador – Narcotics Control Ambassador – in 2009, and sits on China’s top national political advisory panel – the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Jackie claimed that he did not use his connections to interfere with the case and that he hopes his singer-actor son will become an anti-drug ambassador when he is released.

 

Mainland government-controlled media had expected an early verdict because the case was straight forward and simple, which is widely applied to those cases with clear evidence and lighter sentencing. Jaycee Chan’s court case started at 9.30 am and the verdict came at about 10.52 am. Earlier, Jackie clarified that he and his wife, Lin Feng-Jiao, would not attend the hearing. Could the kungfu superstar knew beforehand about the lighter sentence?

Jaycee Chan in Court - Zoom In

After his son’s arrest, Jackie Chan said he was “ashamed, furious and shocked”, and blamed himself for his son’s behaviour. He also offered a “deep bow of apology” last August on behalf of his son. Dressed in a black sweater and blue trousers, Jaycee has this to say in court today, “I have broken the law and should be punished … When I return to society, I will not repeat this because I have let my family and friends down yet again.”

Jaycee Chan in Court - Drug Charges

Thanks to sudden wealth and disposable income, the use of illegal drugs, especially synthetic substances such as methamphetamine, ketamine and ecstasy, have grown in popularity in China. Jaycee, who has been in criminal detention since Aug 14, will be released on Feb 13, before Chinese New Year, just nice for a family reunion. Let’s hope the senior Jackie will stay away from women while the junior Jaycee stays away from drugs.

 

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