Reports suggest that an American student has been taken into custody in China. A woman, Jennifer McLean has claimed that her son, Guthrie McLean, a University of Montana student, who was visiting China was arrested after a brawl with a taxi driver.
The mother, who sounded on the verge of breaking down, said that her son has been accused of attacking a cab driver. She said that he retaliated only when the taxi driver actually attacked her.
The mother who was visiting China and remains there now told a television network that her son, Guthrie McLean, is accused of beating the taxi driver. The young man who apparently grew up in China had shifted base to the US only recently and got admission in the University of Montana. The woman, who has an American passport, reportedly teaches English in China.
It was on Sunday, July 16, when the Chinese police allegedly arrested Guthrie McLean. Nonetheless he hasn’t been charged with a crime as yet.
In an email to a media house, his mother said, “He is in one of the worst detention centers in China…There are no separate facilities for foreign detainees, and they can hold him indefinitely without charges…This is a shakedown. They brought him in and demanded money for his release.”
While the young man was arrested merely this past week, the incident is a couple of weeks old. In her email, Jennifer McLean said her son spent most of his childhood in China and earned an advanced diploma from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She said he transferred to Montana from a university in Dalian, China.
In the meantime, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said Tuesday the agency was aware of Guthrie McLean’s detention but declined further comment. “We are aware of media reports that a U.S. citizen was arrested in China…When a U.S. citizen is detained overseas, the Department works to provide all appropriate consular assistance. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment”, the statement said.