The three UCLA players arrested on Tuesday in China on shoplifting charges have been released on bail, according to a report by Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg.
LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are required to remain in Hangzhou, China, until the legal process is finished. However, the Bruins players are not under house arrest and are free to walk around area, according to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times.
Have been told that the UCLA basketball players are not confined to the hotel like a house arrest, they are free to walk about the area.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) November 9, 2017
It is not know whether the three players will be allowed to fly home with the rest of the UCLA traveling party this weekend. The Bruins open their season against Georgia Tech on Saturday in Shanghai.
According to a report by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports, the release from detention is a very good sign for the three UCLA players:
Just getting out of detention, though, is extremely rare and bodes well for the players, according to Chinese lawyers and legal analysts who spoke to Yahoo Sports.
The development, they say, suggests that efforts by the United States government, and more specifically the local consulate and UCLA itself, have been effective in gaining very favorable treatment for the players.
The report also states that there’s a good chance that the players will not be jailed again:
“It is a very good sign,” said Teng Biao, visiting scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University. “I feel that they won’t be jailed again.”
Lawyers in China said there is no common equivalent to posting bail in the Chinese criminal system, which in the United States allows a defendant to be released from jail while awaiting trial or a resolution of the case. In China, the system allows prosecutors to hold a person for up to 37 days before deciding whether to press charges or release him or her. In this case, it took less than two full days to get out of detention.
“It’s very rare [or] unheard of for people to get American-style bail,” said William Nee, a Hong Kong-based researcher of the Chinese court system for Amnesty International.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.