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Kai Ko questioned over marijuana use in China
Central News Agency
2014-09-01 01:05 PM
Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Actor Kai Ko (Ko Chen-tung) was questioned by Taiwanese prosecutors Monday over his use of marijuana while in China last month. The 23-year-old did not respond to questions from journalists upon his arrival at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office amid huge media presence. The office said it plans to conduct a hair follicle drug test on Ko to determine if he used other drugs besides marijuana and for how long he might have used them. If the results show that Ko only used marijuana, prosecutors will refer to evidence passed over to Taiwan by the Chinese authorities and recommend that he undergo observation and rehabilitation for at least 40 days, or he can register for a self-paying rehabilitation program in exchange for deferred prosecution, according to a senior prosecutor. Ko shot to fame in both Taiwan and China after starring in the blockbuster "You Are the Apple of My Eye," for which he won the Golden Horse Award for Best New Performer in 2011. He was arrested Aug. 14 by police in Beijing and admitted to smoking marijuana with Jaycee Chan, the actor son of Hong Kong movie legend Jackie Chan. He also confessed that his first use of marijuana was two years ago. Ko was released Aug. 29 after 14 days in detention and returned to Taiwan. According to Taiwanese law, Ko can be prosecuted locally for crimes committed in China. (By Liu Shih-yi and Y.F. Low)
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