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Military recruitment agency okays Seungri's request for draft delay

Defense 11:24 March 20, 2019

SEOUL, March 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military recruitment agency said Wednesday that it has decided to accept a request by Seungri of boy band BIGBANG to delay his military draft amid a probe into sex-for-favors allegations against him.

His conscription, originally scheduled for next Monday, will be postponed by three months, the Military Manpower Administration (MMA) said.

"He has submitted a written request to respond to the ongoing probe, while the investigation authorities also called for a delay to carry out a thorough, consistent probe into him," the MMA said in a statement.

"After the postponement period expires, there will be a new decision on whether to carry out the conscription procedure or delay it in line with the conscription law," it added.

Police are looking into suspicions that Seungri used various nightclubs in Seoul's posh Gangnam district for lobbying and attempted to introduce escorts to foreigners to encourage them to invest in his business ventures.

This image, provided by Yonhap News TV, shows Seungri of boy band BIGBANG. (Yonhap)

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