Date
17 August 2017
Wu Mei-hung, a spokesperson for Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, speaks to reporters in Taipei Tuesday. Taiwan has charged Beijing with not providing quick information on actor Kai Ko's arrest. Photo: nownews.com
Wu Mei-hung, a spokesperson for Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, speaks to reporters in Taipei Tuesday. Taiwan has charged Beijing with not providing quick information on actor Kai Ko's arrest. Photo: nownews.com

Taiwan says Beijing didn’t inform promptly about Ko arrest

Taiwan has lodged an official complaint with China over the latter’s failure to inform Taipei promptly of the arrest in Beijing of Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung, RTHK reported Tuesday.

Under a 2009 agreement between the two sides, Beijing is required to send an official communication to Taiwan within 24 hours if Chinese authorities detain any Taiwanese citizen, Taipei is said to have reminded the mainland government. 

Ko Chen-tung, or Kai Ko, was arrested in Beijing on August 14 at the apartment of Hong Kong-born Jaycee Chan, the son of martial arts film star Jackie Chan, after a police search party found more than 100 grams of marijuana on the premises.

However, the news wasn’t officially confirmed until Monday when the story of the two arrests was broken by mainland media, Taipei said, pointing that the lapse marks a breach of a cross-strait arrangement.

“We’ve contacted both the [Chinese] Ministry of Justice and the Criminal Investigation Bureau to express our concerns,” Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council spokesperson Wu Mei-hung was quoted as saying Tuesday.

“We will also remind Beijing to ensure the rights of the detainees,” Wu said.

Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau is contacting mainland Public Security authorities to get some information as to when Ko could be returned to Taiwan, Wu added.

Ko was under administrative detention in Beijing for drug offense, which means authorities can hold him for 15 days, Taiwan’s state news agency CNA reported.

He has already been moved to a detention center in Beijing’s Daxing district. His parents and older brother are said to have met him Tuesday morning.

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