Amy Loses Appeal Against Deportation; Will Be Leaving Korea

Amy, who has been fined for using Zolpidem, once again lost her deportation case.

According to the Seoul High Court on November 25, her appeal against the Head of the Seoul Immigration Office for her deportation case was dismissed.

Amy, who is a U.S. citizen, has been working as an entertainer under the qualifications of being a foreign resident. In 2012, she was caught using Propofol and was sentenced eight months in jail and under probation for two years.

The Immigration Office allowed Amy to stay in Korea after receiving a law-abiding covenant from her that said, “I will not object against being deported if I disobey the law again” twice. The law allows the deportation of foreigners if they are sentenced to imprisonment due to crimes such as handling drugs.

September of 2014, Amy was fined 5,000,000 won (approximately $4,360) after buying Zolpidem and injecting it during her probation. Though she was ordered to leave the country by March 27, she sued instead, unable to accept the terms.

In response to the dismissal of her case, Amy expressed her disappointment and sorrow.

“I don’t know if I even have the energy to live on,” she said. “This is tormenting me because regardless of what the papers say, I have always lived my life believing I am Korean.”

“I am upset because I truly wanted to stay in Korea,” she added. “If I wanted to live on as an American, I would have left without turning back when I was ordered to leave. However Korea is where my family and friends are, so I am very tormented.”

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