Jaycee Chan Arrest: is Jackie Chan’s Effort to Lighten Son’s Punishment Ineffective?
Famous Hong Kong entertainer Jackie Chan’s son
Jaycee Chan was arrested by the Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) police a month ago when he used drugs with others
in his luxurious Beijing home.
On Sept. 17, the official CCP Supreme Procuratorate
microblog announced the arrest of Jaycee Chan
by the Dongcheng Branch of Beijing Public Security Bureau
on charges of drug use.
Legal professionals believe that Jaycee Chan
could be sentenced to up to three years in jail.
Let’s follow the coverage.
On Sept. 17, the official microblog of the CCP
Supreme People’s Procuratorate stated, “On Sept. 10,
the Dongcheng Branch of Beijing Public Security Bureau
applied to Beijing Dongcheng District Procuratorate
for the arrest Jaycee Cheng, who uses the stage name
Jaycee Chan, on suspicion of harboring others drug users.
The warrant was issued on Sept. 17.
The public security department will continue
to investigate the case."
Chinese legal professionals believe that Jaycee Chan has
committed the crime of harboring other drug users.
According to the CCP Penal Code section 354,
to shelter others for drug ingestion or injection shall be
punished with three years imprisonment,
criminal detention or control, and penalty fines.
Southeast University’s law professor Zhang Zanning:
“In the entertainment industry, the reasons
for frequent drug addiction cases are highly related
to their wealth and the hedonic pursuit.
If the facts about Jaycee Chan are true, then he may
be sentenced to more than three years, a little severer."
A CCTV microblog reported on Aug. 18 that Jaycee
and Ke Zhendong were seized by Beijing police on Aug. 14
due to drug-related behavior.
Police confiscated more than 100 grams of marijuana
in Jaycee’s residence.
Ke Zhendong was released after 14 days’ administrative
detention, but Jaycee Chan is still being held
in criminal detention.
On Sept. 18, the People’s Post newspaper published
an article which said that as a member of Chinese People’s
Political Consultative Conference, Jackie Chan looked for help
everywhere to lighten the punishment on his son, but in vain.
According the the disclosure on the case, the possibility
of being sentenced to probation is highly unlikely.
Political Commentator Tang Jingyuan: “Before the case,
the mainland police once punished several actors
who used drugs, but these people are basically
in Mainland China.
The arrest of Jaycee Chan has some particularity,
because he is a Hong Kong actor and his father
keeps a very close relationship
with certain political figures in Mainland."
Commentator Tang Jing Yuan said the authorities who intend
to punish Jaycee Chan want to highlight this particularity.
On Aug. 27, Hong Kong-based Apple Daily reported that
over the years, Jackie Chan has made huge sums of money
via the movie industry in Mainland, frequently flattering
Beijing while establishing a wide network of people.
His patron is the Former Vice President Zeng Qinghong,
who belongs to Jiang Zemin’s faction.
Zeng’s younger brother Zeng Qinghuai enjoys great power
in literature and art circles in mainland and Hong Kong
since he controls the Ministry of National Culture
Tang Jingyuan: “A person who has such a deep background
cannot relieve his own son.
Furthermore the charge of drug possession is a very
common phenomenon in Mainland showbiz.
So this sends a very clear message – all influential persons
who are behind and supporting Jackie Jiang,
are all relevant to him, are now without power."
Apple Daily said that recently it was revealed that
Zeng Qinghuai cooperated in the Bo Xilai Zhou Yongkang
case, and he would be the lead tiger aimed at by Xi Jinping.
Tang Jingyuan said that when the Chinese authorities
identify the source of the drugs in Jaycee’s case,
they will sooner or later find the heavyweight of showbiz
who controls the entertainment circle.
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