Yoo Seung Jun Wins Case Against Ban Of His Visa After Latest Supreme Court Ruling
Yoo Seung Jun has won his final case against the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles.
On March 13, the first division of the Supreme Court (Chief Justice Kim Sun Soo) upheld the original verdict where Yoo Seung Jun won in a lawsuit against the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles over the cancellation of his visa.
In September 2015, Yoo Seung Jun filed for an F-4 visa, then filed a lawsuit after it was rejected by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles. In the first and second trials, the court saw that the government’s refusal to issue a visa was legitimate taking into consideration the instigation of South Korean soldiers and youth avoiding military service. The Supreme Court, however, disagreed.
The Supreme Court dismissed the ruling of the second trial and sent the case back to the Seoul High Court, stating that it was illegal for the Consulate General to refuse to issue a visa just because the Ministry of Justice banned Yoo Seung Jun from entering the country.
? November 2019, the Seoul High Court ruled in favor of Yoo Seung Jun in his case against the Los Angeles Korean Consulate General.
Although the case was sent to the Supreme Court because the Los Angeles Korean Consulate General appealed the case, the Supreme Court stated that the Seoul High Court had no major violations of the law and dismissed the case without a hearing.
Yoo Seung Jun was a Korean popular singer in the 2000s who actively promoted on stage and TV shows and stated that he would fulfill his mandatory military duties. He then obtained American citizenship in 2002, relinquishing his Korean citizenship and making him exempt from mandatory military service. Since then, the Ministry of Justice has banned him from entering South Korea.