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Former Okay-pop star Seungri jailed three years for arranging prostitution

SEOUL: Disgraced former Okay-pop star Seungri was convicted of arranging prostitution and different fees stemming from a intercourse and medicines scandal and jailed for 3 years on Thursday (Aug 12) by a navy courtroom, officers mentioned.

The 30-year-old singer from standard boyband BIGBANG, who retired from showbusiness because the scandal mounted and later enlisted within the navy, was discovered responsible on all 9 counts in opposition to him, a defence ministry official advised AFP.

BIGBANG loved widespread fame following their 2006 debut and Seungri – actual title Lee Seung-hyun – went on to turn into a profitable businessman.

He was convicted of arranging intercourse companies for potential traders in his enterprise, in addition to abroad playing at luxurious casinos in Las Vegas involving illicit overseas change transactions.

“It’s laborious to see the defendant was not conscious of economic funds paid to the ladies for intercourse,” media reviews quoted choose Hwang Min-je as saying.

“It seems that he carried out systematic sexual prostitution.”

Seungri had modified his testimony below police questioning and in courtroom, he added, and “lacked credibility”.

His unlawful playing was “severe” given his standing as a star and it went on over an extended interval.

The singer was additionally ordered to forfeit 1.15 billion gained (round US$1 million).

Based on the fees he organized prostitutes for overseas traders on 24 events over 5 months from September 2015.

The investigation into the scandal surrounding him uncovered a spate of allegations in opposition to different musicians and personnel at YG Leisure – Seungri’s former company and one of many greatest Okay-pop administration companies.

It prompted the company’s CEO Yang Hyun-suk to step down, going through probes of his personal illicit playing.

Seungri was a member of a cell chat room the place Okay-pop singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young – now serving a five-year sentence for gang rape and different offences – distributed movies of sexual assaults and different encounters.

The revelations rocked the Okay-pop trade and have become the highest-profile crime involving hidden cameras secretly filming ladies, often called “molka” in South Korea.

Jung appeared as a witness in Seungri’s trial and testified he was conscious that an grownup leisure supervisor whom Seungri knew had offered the ladies.

Response to the decision was swift on Thursday, with many customers on-line saying Seungri’s punishment was too mild for the offences.

“Whereas it’s lucky he’s lastly being jailed, the time period is just too brief,” a person on Naver, the nation’s largest portal, posted.

One other added: “It ought to’ve been 30 years, not three.”

The decision got here a month earlier than he was as a consequence of be discharged from his obligatory navy service.

All able-bodied South Korean males are obliged to fulfil round two years of navy service to defend the nation from nuclear-armed North Korea, with which it stays technically at struggle.

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