Both the defendant and the prosecution have filed appeals on Seungri’s sentence.
On August 12, the military court sentenced Seungri to three years in prison, along with a fine of 1,156,900,000 won (about $994,544) and his personal information being registered in the national registry for the violation of the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes.
The court declared him guilty of all nine charges that he was indicted with: violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Economic Crimes, violation of the Food Sanitation Act, embezzlement, violation of the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes, habitual gambling, violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, prostitution mediation, purchase of prostitution services, and special violence instigation.
On August 27, the general military court confirmed that Seungri had filed an appeal on his sentence on August 19, and that the military prosecution had also filed an appeal on the sentence on August 25. The military prosecution had initially requested a five-year prison sentence ahead of the sentencing trial.
According to the Military Court Act, a sentence of a fine or imprisonment must receive confirmation from the relevant authorities. A source from the military court stated, “If a confirmation letter from the relevant authorities is submitted to the court within 10 days of the sentencing trial, then the defendant will be served the judgment.”
Seungri’s lawyer had already declared his intent to appeal on August 12, so a second trial had already been expected. As Seungri submitted his appeal to the military court before his discharge from the military, the appeal trial will be held at the High Military Court in Yongsan, Seoul.
Seungri is scheduled to be discharged from mandatory military service on September 16. As he has appealed his sentence, as long as he continues to fulfill his duties until the second trial is complete, he will be discharged as usual. If he had not appealed his sentence, he would have been transferred into the wartime labor division as he received a prison sentence and a fine, according to Article 137 of the Military Service Act.