Chinese police investigate detention of soccer player Son Jun-ho

Chinese public security has converted its investigation into soccer international Son Jun-ho (Taishan, Shandong) into a detention investigation, a source familiar with local public security affairs said on April 18.

“The public security authorities who have been investigating Son Jun-ho have received the ratification of his detention from the People’s Procuratorate,” the source said, adding, “They have switched to a detention investigation for Son Jun-ho, whose deadline for criminal detention has expired on the 17th.”

“Once the detention has been ratified, the public security authorities usually conduct further investigation for about two months before prosecuting the case,” he said, adding, “However, in serious cases, it can take several months to prosecute.” “The switch to a detention investigation means that the police have formally initiated judicial proceedings against him, and his guilt or innocence will be determined in court.”

According to China’s Criminal Procedure Law and related rules, once the People’s Procuratorate ratifies the detention, the suspect will be charged and tried while under detention, which can take a considerable amount of time from the time of detention to the first trial. In the case of Chris, a former member of K-pop group EXO who was detained and charged with sex crimes in China, his first trial was held in June last year, about 10 months after he was formally detained in August 2021.메이저놀이터

Son Junho has been under investigation by the Chaoyang Public Security Bureau in Liaoning province for allegedly soliciting non-state actors (non-civil servants) while in criminal detention since he was detained while attempting to return home from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport on March 12. The crime of bribery of non-state actors applies to civilians who illegally accept property from others in connection with their duties. In the case of athletes, the charge could apply if they received money after receiving an improper request in connection with a competition.

The public security forces can investigate a suspect in criminal custody for up to 37 days on their own authority if they believe the charges constitute a “grave crime. The deadline for Son’s criminal detention investigation had been set for the previous day, the 17th.

Local media outlets have reported that the public security investigation into Son Junho may be related to the fact that coach Hao Wei and players of Taishan, the team Son Junho plays for, are being investigated by authorities for match-fixing and other allegations.

In response, the Consulate General in Shenyang, Liaoning, said, “The investigation is being handled by Mr. Son’s lawyers and the Consulate General is not involved,” adding, “We have nothing to confirm on matters related to his personal identity.”

Meanwhile, Son’s local agent in China was recently taken into criminal custody on the same charges as Son.

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