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Jackie Chan’s son released from jail after serving time for drugs offence

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 February, 2015, 9:59am
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 February, 2015, 5:34am

Jaycee Chan, the son of movie star Jackie Chan, was released from jail just after midnight on Friday morning after serving six months for drug offences, mainland media reported.

The 32-year-old was expected to hold a press conference on Saturday  to "formally apologise" for his wrongdoing. His mother, Lin Feng-jiao, was also expected to attend.

Two police cars escorted a silver Buick carrying Chan out of the Dongcheng district detention centre in Beijing early on Friday. The Buick's windows were tinted and Chan had his face covered.

The car sped away quickly to avoid journalists gathered outside, running through several red traffic lights. Chan's agency officially confirmed his release at about 3am on Friday.

His father, who was named an anti-drugs ambassador on the mainland in 2009, has said earlier he felt ashamed and sad about his son's behaviour.

The Dongcheng District People's Court sentenced the younger Chan in January to six months in jail and fined him 2,000 yuan (HK$2,500) for "sheltering others to use drugs". The prosecution said that police, acting on a tip-off, went to a foot massage parlour on August 14 to arrest Chan's assistant but found Chan, Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung and mainland actress Li Xiaonan at the venue. They all tested positive for marijuana, it said.

Police accompanied Chan back to his villa, along with Ko, where they found 100 grams of marijuana.

Following a tearful public apology, Ko was sentenced to 14 days in detention. Li was not charged.

Chan said he told police he could not handle the drug and wanted to "hand it over to the country".

The court agreed with the prosecution's recommendation of a light sentence because Chan had volunteered information to the police about his drug use.

He was released on Friday because time already served after he was arrested was taken into account.

Several celebrities have been caught up in President Xi Jinping's anti-drug campaign including writer and director Chen Wanning and director Zhang Yuan.