Canadian Diplomats Denied Access to Kris Wu’s Appeal Trial in China

By Reuters
July 28, 2023China News
Canadian Diplomats Denied Access to Kris Wu’s Appeal Trial in China
Kris Wu attends a press conference for the Paramount Pictures title "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" in Beijing on Feb. 9, 2017. (Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

BEIJING—Canadian diplomats were denied access to the start of Canadian pop star Kris Wu’s appeal trial in Beijing, the Canadian government said, following his sentencing in 2022 to more than a decade in prison for crimes including rape.

The Canadian embassy in Beijing had been notified of the appeal trial in advance, which was not open to the public to protect the privacy of the victims, state-run Xinhua reported at the time when the trial began on Tuesday.

“Consular officials in Beijing were notified of the hearing and requested to attend, but the request was denied by Chinese authorities,” said Jeremie Berube, spokesperson at Global Affairs Canada, which manages the government’s diplomatic and consular relations.

Consular officials have been actively engaged in Mr. Wu’s case and are providing consular assistance to him and his family, Mr. Berube said in a statement to Reuters on Thursday.

Chinese-born Mr. Wu, 32, was a former member of K-pop group EXO. The superstar returned to China in 2014 to pursue a solo career.

In 2017, He made his Hollywood debut in the film “XXX: Return of Xander Cage.”

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