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Shamed actor Ko Chen-tung faces criminal probe when he returns to Taiwan

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 August, 2014, 12:18pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 August, 2014, 6:26am
 

Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung will face a criminal investigation when he returns to the island, after serving 14 days in detention in Beijing for drug offences, according to Taiwan prosecutors.

The 23-year-old actor, also known as Kai Ko, was released from detention early yesterday. Beijing police said he confessed to having smoked marijuana and promised not to use drugs again.

Watch: Taiwan actor Kai Ko Chen-tung released in Beijing

"The offences are subject to administrative punishment on the mainland, but marijuana is listed as a category 2 drug in Taiwan, meaning whoever is found using it will face criminal punishment," Taipei District Prosecutors' Office spokesman Huang Mou-hsin said yesterday.

Huang said that as this was the first time Ko had been caught using marijuana, he would either face up to two months of compulsory rehabilitation or a two-year suspended jail sentence.

He said his office had asked mainland authorities for help over the evidence they gathered.

Taipei police said they would send officers to the airport to question Ko when he arrived, and it was up to the prosecutor in charge to decide whether the actor would be taken to the district prosecutor's office for further questioning.

The incident is certain to affect not only Ko's acting career but also the contracts he has on the mainland and Taiwan to promote more than 20 brands, ranging from food, fashion and cosmetics to finance and cars.

Yesterday afternoon in Beijing, Ko made a tearful apology to his supporters, and promised to cooperate fully with investigators on his return to Taiwan.

"I am sorry," he said. "I made a mistake by taking drugs. I don't have any excuse or any reason.

"I let down my loved ones. I will not do anything to violate the law again. I'm sorry to everyone. I've done the worst thing and become the worst example.

"I'll be brave and make myself a better person."

Ko's father, Ko Yao-tsung, who picked the actor up from the detention centre, apologised to the public and said he bore parental responsibility for his son's mistake.

"In the coming days we'll still love him and we'll be more cautious and strict about supervising his behaviour," he said.

Asked about the prospect of entertainment companies cancelling his performances, the actor said: "All I need to do now is to make my wrongs right and improve myself. The decisions are up to [the companies]," he said.

Ko denied Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan, also known as Jaycee Fong Cho-ming and Fang Zuming, was to blame for his detention. "I don't blame Fang Zuming. I take responsibility for myself," he said.

Beijing police said they were still investigating Chan's case. Chan, the son of action star Jackie Chan, was taken into custody for "providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs" along with Ko on August 14.

Police say they recovered more than 100 grams of marijuana from Chan's home.

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ohyeahar
People need relax. He smoked weed which is infinitely less harmful than cigarettes. And why is he apologizing? Sheesh.
blue
It's just cannabis. It's no big deal. It's been proven to be far less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco. Cannabis has even been legalized for recreational use in states like Colorado.

Don't listen to socially conservative blow hards like aplucky1. They're out of touch with reality. Some really great minds like Carl Sagan even used cannabis. People should be allowed to do what they want with their own bodies. No government should be allowed to control your own body.

The only danger from cannabis is the total overreaction from pig headed law enforcement and other control freaks.

I'm not a liberal hippie either; to the contrary I'm a staunch libertarian.
5344b01b-f510-481f-af24-35070a320969
I am only 10 years old but I know Wikipedia is not reliable anyone can edit it what if it's wrong
KwunTongBypass
While in some more intelligent places - after 40 years of talking, indeed - people finally have realized that smoking a bit of marijuana is perfectly OK, and the only damage is done by backward authorities who criminalize such teenage habit.
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Well, I guess China will get there too one day - after all, in respect of understanding democracy it is also still in the stone age.
Beaker
What an excellent actor. I mean, how sorry can one be for smoking pot? For him to do such an excellent job of crying and showing remorse. I am so glad that he got off with just 14 days detention and no more. What was his crime?
jiawang@adb.org
Where is Jaycee Chan?
Will he apologize, cry, and beg forgiveness?
Beaker
Yeah, compare marijuana to heroin? You have no idea what you are talking about. The word ignorant comes to mind. Don't you know anything? that is what's wrong with treating all drugs as "drugs" in an all encompassing term. Then kids try smoking pot and find that it is not dangerous, then think society has been lying to them about other drugs, and then OD on LSD, or heroin, or get addicted to ice. They are not the same.
Beaker
Jaycee Chan might get jail time. They are booking him for allowing use of his dad's house in Beijing for people to smoke dope in. But, Jackie seems to be on good terms with the Party, so maybe he can use this guanxi to get his kid out of China, like to LA.
SeoKungFu
It is simply ridiculously immature how humanity "fights" a flower...
Beaker
Asians don't watch p o r n? I thought the reason the govt is cracking down on celebrity drug users is because China has a huge drug problem, especially with real drugs like ice (methamphetamine) and of millions of tablets of X are shipped from Vietnam into PLA Airforce bases thus bypassing Customs then onwards to Babyface clubs as distribution centers in each major city. Ice, now that is nasty stuff. Monks in Thailand love it. They are Asian, aren't they?

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