Cops probe Jackie Chan over arms


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 20 Dec 2012

HONG KONG action star Jackie Chan is being investigated for illegal possession of firearms after he boasted fighting off several gangsters with three pistols and six grenades.

The superstar told a Chinese magazine that more than 20 dagger-wielding men cornered him once and he had to fend them off with the weapons, Nanyang Siang Pau and Guang Ming Daily reported.

The Hong Kong police came by the newspaper report and decided to take action.

If what the international celebrity said in the interview was true, he would have breached Hong Kong's strict gun laws.

Otherwise, he could be in trouble for spreading misleading information and sending a wrong message to the world, the reports said.

Under Hong Kong gun laws, a licence is required to carry a weapon and it is illegal to carry firearms in public without a good reason.

Anyone convicted faces a maximum punishment of HK$100,000 (RM39,000) and up to 14 years' jail term.

It is not known if Chan had ever been issued a firearm licence by the Hong Kong police.

> China Press reported that several HIV patients in Johor Baru were cheated of some RM50,000 after they were shown pictures of tokeh gecko, the meat of the rare breed of lizard believed to be a cure for HIV/AIDS or cancer.

One of the victims apparently paid RM30,000 to buy the lizard from a man called Zaid.

“In February, he told me that he had three rare species with red spots and persuaded me to buy them, saying I could resell them for a better price in the future,” said the victim known only as Zainal.

He said, the man promised to get the lizards to him by March.

Zainal said he met Zaid six times after that to give him the money in instalments.

Each time, the man kept giving excuses as to why he could not produce the lizards.

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