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Jackie Chan’s Son Faces Drug Trial in China

  • Reuters

FILE - Actor Jaycee Chan arrives at the Hong Kong Film Awards in this photo taken April 19, 2009. The son of martial arts star Jackie Chan faces trial in Beijing on drug charges.

FILE - Actor Jaycee Chan arrives at the Hong Kong Film Awards in this photo taken April 19, 2009. The son of martial arts star Jackie Chan faces trial in Beijing on drug charges.

Jaycee Chan, the son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, will stand trial Friday on a drugs charge, media reported on Tuesday.

The semi-official Legal Evening News paper reported the younger Chan, a 32-year-old actor and singer, would be tried in Eastern District Court in Beijing. He was formally charged last month with "the crime of sheltering others to take drugs" after testing positive for marijuana. Police said they’d found 100 grams at his home.

Calls to the Eastern District Court went unanswered.

Jaycee Chan is among a string of mostly B-list celebrities detained last year by Chinese authorities on drug-related charges that have been publicized widely in both state and social media. They have included movie and television stars, film directors and a prominent screenwriter. Their detentions have come amid a campaign by China's Ministry of Public Security to get tough on drugs, gambling and prostitution.

FILE - Martial arts star Jackie Chan says he's ashamed of his son, indicted on a drug charge. Here, the elder Chan signs autographs in Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 19, 2014.

FILE - Martial arts star Jackie Chan says he's ashamed of his son, indicted on a drug charge. Here, the elder Chan signs autographs in Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 19, 2014.

It is highly likely Jaycee Chan will be found guilty. Convictions are nearly certain in Chinese courts, which are controlled by the ruling Communist Party. Drug crimes carry harsh penalties in China, including death or life imprisonment in serious cases. Illegal drugs, especially synthetic substances such as methamphetamine, ketamine and ecstasy, have grown in popularity in China in tandem with the rise of a new urban class with greater disposable income.

Last month, state media reported that Jackie Chan felt ashamed of his son's drug abuse and hoped that one day the younger man would speak out about the dangers of taking drugs.

The older Chan had served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, promoting anti-drug education.

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