The Burning Sun Scandal trial of Seungri, a former member of the idol group Big Bang, who was named as a key figure in the Burning Sun Incident, is expected to enter the second round with an appeal.
The Second Round of Seungri's Trial Begins
On August 20, the legal community stated that the violation of the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment of Sexual Violence Crimes, habitual gambling, violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, and the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Economic Crimes, the Military trials on charges of embezzlement, violation of the Food Sanitation Act are expected to resume on August 19 since an appeal has been submitted.
Last August 12, the General Military Court of the Ground Operations Command held a trial judgment about Seungri's Burning Sun-related charges and then sentenced him to three years in prison with a fine of 1,156,900 won or $985.68.
Seungri is currently in the military, he was promoted to sergeant in June and his active duty service ends in September. Seungri began receiving military trials since September 2020, when he was a private.
But the court stated that Seungri will be a subject to registration of personal information connected to sex crimes. The court will also be issuing an arrest warrant for there is a fear of him escaping because he was sentenced to prison.
Seungri will be immediately detained, and he will be transferred to the camp where he can appeal within seven days before receiving the final judgment.
Before, the military prosecution requested a sentence of 5 years in prison with a fine of 20 million won or $17040.00 for Seungri. They said that even though he is the one who gained most from the crime, he is shifting the responsibility to the involved person, also, strict punishment is necessary for his wrong coming-of-age ceremony and attitude.
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Previous Allegations about Seungri
Seungri has been investigated before at the Gangnam Police Station in Seoul on February 27, 2019 after receiving a lot of allegations in relation with the Burning Sun Scandal in early 2019. He was named as a suspect and was expelled from the entertainment industry.
In June 2019, Seungri was charged with violating the Prostitution Punishment Act, business embezzlement under the Special Police Act, destruction of evidence, violation of the Special Act on Sexual Violence, and violation of the Food Sanitation Act.
On January 30, 2020, he was sent to trial without detention, and during this process, he entered the Army 6th Division Recruit Training Center in Cheorwon, Gangwon-do on March 9, 2020, and he started his active life. On May 15, 2020, the criminal department transferred the Burning Sun Scandal case to the Military Court of the Ground Operations Command.
Seungri denied most of his trials all throughout the trial. About the former eight charges, he only admitted to the simple gambling and illegal filming, and then he denied the charge of a teacher of special assault, which was further indicted.
Furthermore, Seungri hinted indirectly that he was actually pointing out Yoo In-seok as the basis for not having any charges against him. The witnesses attending the trial have agreed to the effect that Seungri was not at fault. Aside from that, Yoo In-seok, who admitted his charges in the trial and he showed that he was unfair only to the extent of embezzlement, did not appear in this trial.
Additionally, Seungri stated that he was under pressure from the police to investigate and he openly said that he was to be arrested.
But the court did not accept all claims of victory. Starting with Seungri's charges of arranging prostitution in Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong, the courts have been accusing him prostitution, gambling and foreign exchange laws. The court cannot accept the claim of victory.
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Written by Annie Barmaine.