MANILA – President Trump confirmed on Tuesday that he previously appealed to President Xi Jinping of China on behalf of three basketball players from the University of California, LA, who were arrested the other day found in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting.
“I had an excellent conversation with President Xi,” Mr. Trump advised reporters as he was departing the Philippines after a 12-day trip to Asia. “What they performed was unfortunate. You understand, you’re talking about lengthy prison sentences. They do not play games.”
In China, where in fact the justice system has a very high conviction fee, theft can bring punishment which range from a couple of days to years in prison.
Mr. Trump said he hoped the Chinese president would help the players: LiAngelo Ball, a freshman safeguard; and Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, both freshman forwards. He emphasized that it had been a “very, very rough situation, with what happened to them.”
The three males were arrested earlier this Tuesday, accused of stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next with their hotel in Hangzhou, in eastern China, where they were likely to play in a tournament. These were introduced on bail previous Wednesday but were reportedly confined to the hotel. (Participating in without the three freshmen, U.C.L.A good. defeated Georgia Tech, 63-60, in Shanghai on Friday.)
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Mr. Trump has made a lot of his personal rapport with Mr. Xi, who hosted a lavish state visit the other day for the president in Beijing. The two leaders met once again at an economic summit meeting on Sunday in Vietnam, where Mr. Trump brought up the case.