An active idol, Ahn, is receiving criticism for corruption in avoiding military service

An active idol (Ahn) is receiving criticism for corruption in avoiding military service.

On the 17th, the 3rd Criminal Division of the Seoul Northern District Court sentenced Ahn, the leader of an idol group who was brought to trial on charges of violating the Military Service Act, to one year in prison and two years of probation and ordered him to perform 80 hours of community service.

Mr. Ahn was judged eligible for active duty military service in 2011 and 2017 with physical grades 1 and 2, respectively, but is accused of trying to evade military service by pretending to have psychological problems and intellectual and cognitive impairment.

Mr. Ahn received treatment for 7 months starting in October 2019, complaining that he had a mental problem, saying, “I felt very depressed and even thought about dying.” In 2020, he was diagnosed with “mild mental retardation” due to exaggerated or distorted answers in a comprehensive psychological test. It has been reported that he was diagnosed as ‘corresponding to this level’. Accordingly, he submitted a medical certificate to the Military Manpower Administration stating that he needed psychiatric observation and drug treatment for at least one year, and was ordered to be called up as a level 4 social service agent in 2020.

However, as the leader of the group that debuted in 2018, Mr. Ahn has been active both at home and abroad until 2022, and the court specifically ruled that Mr. Ahn had planned choreography and performances, saying, “By acting as if he had a problem with his intellectual ability, he was not eligible for military service.” “I decided to avoid it.” However, it was taken into account that Mr. Ahn was a first-time offender, acknowledged his mistake, and pledged to fulfill his military service obligation.

Not long after Ravi, a former member of VIXX, went to trial on charges of evading military service last year, the public is expressing outrage over the corruption scandal surrounding military service evasion. Ravi was sentenced to one year in prison and two years of probation in August last year after it was revealed that he had conspired with a military service broker to obtain alternative service for a false epilepsy diagnosis. The appeal trial is currently in progress as the prosecution filed an appeal against the exemption from imprisonment.

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