On October 14, Seungri’s second hearing was held at the Ground Operations Command’s general military court in Yongin.
Among the 22 witnesses called to testify were Jung Joon Young and former Yuri Holdings CEO Yoo In Suk.
Seungri has been indicted on eight charges including purchase of prostitution services, prostitution mediation, embezzlement, violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Economic Crimes (an additional charge for embezzlement of a sum exceeding a certain number), violation of the Food Sanitation Act, habitual gambling, violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, and violation of the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes.
As he did in his first hearing, Seungri admitted to only one charge — the violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act.
Yoo In Suk had previously pleaded guilty to his charges including prostitution mediation, and Seungri’s side denied allegations that Seungri was involved in purchasing prostitution services, stating that he could not remember.
Regarding allegations that Seungri received and distributed photos that were taken illegally to group chats, Seungri’s side stated, “He received them through the WeChat app from an employee at a Singaporean adult entertainment establishment.”
During the first hearing, Seungri’s representative had also claimed that Seungri had only shared the photos that was sent to him to promote the establishment and that Seungri hadn’t taken the photos himself. However, Seungri did admit to sharing photos in a group chatroom.
While Seungri acknowledged that he had gambled, he denied that it was habitual and only admitted to his violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act. Seungri’s legal representative had stated during the first hearing that Seungri was reflecting on his wrongdoing.
On Seungri’s alleged violation of the Food Sanitation Act, Seungri’s side claimed that Seungri received a report from a manager that the violation was corrected.
He was also indicted on charges for embezzlement, and Seungri’s side stated that the expenses were for the benefit of Yuri Holdings and that his payments were legitimate according to the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Economic Crimes.
The same day, the court cleared the date of questioning for the 22 witnesses. Seungri’s trial will be divided into three parts, the first part dealing with his charges for purchasing prostitution services and prostitution mediation. The court summoned nine witnesses regarding prostitution charges, which includes Jung Joon Young and Yoo In Suk.
Due to the large number of charges and witnesses, the questioning of witnesses is expected to run until December 17.
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