December 13, 2007 09:23
Singer Psy, who was charged with failing to perform his duties in a special military service exemption program, lost his first fight to try to stay out of the military.
The singer filed a lawsuit against the Military Manpower Administration arguing that it was unfair to nullify his service in the exemption program. Seoul Administrative Court on Wednesday ruled against the entertainer, whose real name is Park Jae-sang.
The MMA had ordered Psy to return to the army by next Monday, and the pop singer filed the suit to try to get the order rescinded. Wednesday's ruling means it is very likely Psy will have to don a uniform.
The court said, "When there is an important cause for the common good, the MMA can nullify one's military service. Park performed simple test work during his service in the special military service exemption program and there is no evidence that he carried out other important tasks. Even if he did, it seems that he failed to fulfill his allotted time and workload."
A health exam proved Psy fit to serve, but because he holds a state certificate on data processing in 2003 he was allowed to join an alternative service program that allows qualified people to work for companies that serve vital national interests. He was employed as a special agent for a computer programming firm until November 2005.
However, an investigation by prosecutors found Park in dereliction of his duty and the MMA in August ordered him to serve another 20 months.
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