Ex-three-star general's son denies involvement in marijuana case

Ex-three-star general's son denies involvement in marijuana case

TAIPEI - The son of a retired three-star general Fei Hung-po yesterday stressed that he was not involved in a high profile marijuana case that already involves Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (Ko Chen-tung) and the son of Hong Kong action megastar Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan.

Chinese media reported yesterday that Chan, who was arrested by Chinese police on Aug. 14 during a marijuana bust at his residence in Beijing, told investigators that he bought the illicit drug from a drug dealer in Taiwan. Ko was also arrested at the scene.

The drug dealer is reportedly identified as an underground Taiwanese hip hop singer with the initial F.

Chinese netizens later pointed the finger at Suffa Fei, son of former Deputy Chief of the General Staff Fei Hung-po.

Asked to comment on the accusation, Fei yesterday denied his involvement in the case, stressing that he does not do drugs.

Fei, however, did confirm that he met both Chan and Ko two years earlier at a nightclub.

He also said he was not sure why there is the rumour that he could be the drug dealer involved in the high profile case.

Fei Hung-po yesterday also told local media that he believes that his son has never touched narcotics.

"He gave me his word that he is clean and he does not do drugs, so I believe him," Fei Hung-po told the Central News Agency in Taiwan yesterday.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) yesterday would not comment on the allegation, citing an ongoing investigation.

The CIB yesterday, however, confirmed that the bureau did receive information passed from China under the Cross-strait Joint Fight against Crime and Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement, which said that the marijuana seized during the raid could be from Taiwan.

Chinese police authorities have asked for their Taiwanese counterparts' assistance in launching a probe into the case to find the origin of the drugs, the CIB said.

Media reports said the Chinese police authorities have in their hands a list of 120 Taiwanese and Hong Kong celebrities that could have been involved in the use of illicit drugs.

According to a Chinese media report, Ko was currently put under "administrative detention" on suspicion of violating China's "social security management and punishment law."

Under Chinese law, those arrested on suspicion of violating the law can be detained for up to 15 days.

Selling Marijuana Could Warrant 5-year Sentence

In Taiwan, marijuana is classified as a Category 2 narcotic under the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act, and its use is considered a criminal offence.

Those who sell a Category 2 narcotic to others could face a minimum five-year prison term. Those found using marijuana could face a maximum three-year sentence.

Local media has speculated that after returning to Taiwan, Ko may be required to perform community service or end up on probation.

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