Seungri (former Big Bang member), the main figure of the ‘Burning Sun’ scandal, has appealed against the 3-year-prison sentence. It is known that his military discharge is currently put on hold.
According to Star News’s report on October 1, both Seungri and the military prosecutor were dissatisfied with the sentence given in the first trial. Therefore, they submitted appeals to the court.
Earlier, the Common Military Court of Ground Operations Command sentenced Seungri to 3 years in prison, and a fine of 1.156,9 billion won on 9 charges related to the ‘Burning Sun’ scandal. After the trial, Seungri was immediately detained and could appeal within 7 days of receiving the sentence.
Seungri enlisted in the military on March 9, 2020 and had to finish his active duty service on September 16 if everything went as planned. However, he started attending the military trial in September 2020 when he was a private first-class.
If Seungri is sentenced to more than 1 year and 6 months in prison, he will be subject to compulsory discharge under the Military Service Act and transferred to wartime labor service. However, the fact that the judgment was not finalized as the trial was passed on to the appeal court, a variable seems to have occurred.
A military official said, “I cannot give any detail, but Seungri’s military discharge is currently put on hold.” This official added, “In this case, immediately after the sentencing, he would be temporarily transferred to a station within the military police force. But for now, a soldier in his situation is transferred to the Armed Forces Prison.”
In 2019, Seungri was caught up in a number of allegations related to the ‘Burning Sun’ scandal, including sexual violence crimes. Therefore, he was expelled from the entertainment industry.
In January 2020, he was sent to the prosecution and was handed over to trial without detention. In March 2020, Seungri enlisted and began his active military service. At this time, the Seoul Central District Court transferred Seungri’s case to the Common Military Court of Ground Operations Command.
In the latest trial, Seungri denied most of his nine charges and only admitted gambling and illegal filming.