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Jackie Chan, whose son Jaycee was jailed for drugs offences, has said he supports the use of the death penalty for some drug offenders.

The Hong Kong actor said that with drugs “you’re hurting thousands of young children”.

Jaycee Chan spent six months in prison in China after police found marijuana in his home.Jackie Chan backs drug death penalty

Jackie Chan is Singapore’s first celebrity anti-drug ambassador. He was named official Narcotics Control Ambassador by Chinese police in 2009.

Both Singapore and China have enforced capital punishment for drug trafficking.

In an interview with journalists conducted in both English and Mandarin, Jackie Chan said drugs were not only hurting young people, they were hurting his family.

“On some issues, I do support the death penalty,” the actor said.

“When you’re hurting thousands and thousands of young children, I think these kind of people are useless.

“You should get the right punishment.”

Jackie Chan, 61, added: “[Young people say] <<it’s okay, it’s just like a cigarette>>. I say <<it’s not okay, not in my family>>.”

Jaycee Chan, 32, was imprisoned for not just using drugs, but for the additional and more serious crime of “providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs”, Beijing police said at the time.

When asked about his son’s time in prison, Jackie Chan said he felt “ashamed” and “shocked” and that he was now more focused on his son.

“I’m more concentrating on him now, used to be just, <<you are a grown man>>. But now I find out, he’s still a boy,” Jackie Chan said.


Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee, has been jailed in China for six months for a drug offence.

Jaycee Chan, 32, pleaded guilty in Beijing’s Dongcheng District Court to “sheltering others to use drugs”.

Police raided his home in August and found more than 100g of marijuana. He faced a maximum sentence of three years.

Jaycee Chan’s arrest came amid a drug use crackdown in China which saw several celebrities arrested.

In June 2014, President Xi Jinping ordered police to use strong measures to stop drug use.

Jaycee Chan and Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23, were both detained at his Beijing home in August, with police saying they tested positive for marijuana.Jackie Chan's son Jaycee jailed in China

Kai Ko was released after a 14-day administrative detention for drug use.

Jaycee Chan was put under “criminal detention” for the additional and more serious crime of “providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs”, Beijing police said at the time.

He told the court on January 9 that when police came to his house: “I just gave them information and I confessed because I didn’t know how to deal with the marijuana.”

Jaycee Chan was also fined 2,000 yuan ($322), reports said.

Jackie Chan, who was named an official “Narcotics Control Ambassador” by Chinese police in 2009, has said he felt “ashamed” and “sad” over his son’s behavior.

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