October 20, 2004 22:09
The Military Manpower Administration (MMA) decided Wednesday that the baseball players and celebrities who used drugs to avoid conscription would have their previous exemptions reversed and would undergo new physical exams ahead of enlistment.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police has completed its investigation into over 130 draft dodgers and has asked the Ministry of Justice to bar them from leaving the country. The MMA plans to conduct physical exams of the draft dodgers to determine whether they are legitimately fit for duty.
The MMA will be reassessing those involved, including popular entertainers like 28-year-old Song Seung-heon, 28-year-old Jang Hyuk and 31-year-old Han Jae-seok, along with 49 others by Nov. 4 with the intention of enlisting them at the end of the month. The 77 other draft dodgers who face criminal charges will be enlisted immediately after their trials. One person who is still at large will be dealt with as soon as he is arrested, said the MMA.
The MMA said that the celebrity draft dodgers would be processed without delay and that those resisting would be reported to police.
(Jang Il-hyun, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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