Prosecution Request Summary Judgement On Yang Hyun Suk’s Gambling Charges
The prosecution has indicted Yang Hyun Suk with a summary judgement (a judgment made by the court without a full in-person trial) on charges of gambling.
On June 14, Seoul Western District Prosecutor’s Office’s third criminal affairs department revealed that they had filed a request to the court on May 26 for a summary judgement on Yang Hyun Suk. In a summary indictment, the court charges a fine or penalty on the defendant without a formal trial. Unless the defendant or the court states the necessity of a trial, the penalty is confirmed.
Yang Hyun Suk had been forwarded to the prosecution on charges of habitual gambling for flying to Las Vegas, United States seven times between July 2015 and January 2019 and gambling using a total of approximately $335,460 with four other individuals. However, the prosecution has requested a summary judgement on charges of gambling, not habitual gambling. A source from the prosecution explained, “Considering judicial precedents regarding habitual gambling and the number of times [Yang Hyun Suk] gambled, we decided that the charges of habitual gambling were not valid.” They added, “We cannot reveal the amount we have requested in fines.”
Yang Hyun Suk had also been forwarded to the prosecution along with Seungri with recommendations for non-indictment regarding the charges of violating the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act. This is for suspicions that they used “hwanchigi,” which refers to illegal practices surrounding foreign exchange transaction, to fund their gambling. The prosecution dropped the charges, stating, “There is not enough evidence to prove the charges.”
Seungri, who had also been charged for habitual gambling, is currently serving in the army. His trials will be held in the military courts.