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Beijing claims to have respected Ko's rights in drug case

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said yesterday that Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung's (柯震東) arrest for the consumption of an illegal drug was conducted according to the law, and that Ko's rights were upheld throughout the process.

Ko was arrested on the night of Aug. 14 by Beijing authorities for using narcotics. He was put into custody for 14 days.

The Taiwan Affairs Office said that Ko's father was notified of the arrest on Aug. 16, and Ko's attorney also established direct contact with the authorities. The actor was reunited with his parents on the afternoon of Aug. 20.

Despite Beijing's claim that it has respected the rights of Ko, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) expressed disagreement yesterday.

As Ko's confession video was made public for all to see, the treatment of Ko is similar to that of a public trial, said DPP spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎). In addition, Ko was put into custody for an extended period of time and deprived of his personal liberty, Huang said.

Jackie Chan's Apology

The arrest included another young star from Hong Kong, Jaycee Chan (房祖名), the son of international kung fu superstar Jackie Chan (成龍).

Jackie Chan was reportedly notified about the bust on Aug. 17, and tried to save his son from Beijing authorities secretly.

Jackie Chan yesterday made a public announcement about the incident on Chinese microblogging service Weibo. The superstar said that he was startled and angered by his son's actions. “As a public figure, I feel ashamed, and as a father, I am hurt in my heart. Jaycee's mother was also heartbroken.”

He wrote on Weibo, “I hereby tell my son Jaycee Chan that you should bear the consequence for your wrongdoing, and as your father, I am willing to accompany you on the road ahead. Lastly, I failed to educate my son properly, and should be held responsible as well. I hereby express my sincere apology to the public on behalf of Jaycee and myself. Thank you for your understanding.”

Jaycee Chan's mother, Joan Lin (林鳳嬌), was reportedly devastated by the arrest, which took place in the home of Jaycee Chan.

It was reported in the news that Lin was at the scene to witness Chan being handcuffed by the police. She almost broke down.

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