The Seoul Central District Court has dismissed the pretrial detention warrant request for Seungri, that was based on seven charges.
The judge dismissed the warrant request, stating: "Considering the contents of the criminal charges that have been laid, as well as the accused's role, degree of involvement and room for contention within those charges, the progress of the investigation, collection of evidence, and the accused's behaviour in cooperating with the investigation, it is difficult to recognise the necessity for detention."
A pre-trial detention warrant request for Seungri was also rejected by the courts in May, which had been based on five charges.
The prosecution has filed for another pretrial detention warrant for Seungri, based on seven charges.
The Seoul Central District Prosectors' Office has filed the request on the following charges: habitual gambling, violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, embezzlement, purchasing and mediating prostitution services, violation of the Food Sanitation Act, and violation of the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes.
The prosecutions previous request for a detention warrant in May, which was based on five of these charges, was dismissed by the court. The new request includes the gambling and foreign exchange charges. A pre-trial detention warrant allows for suspects to be held for longer than 48 hours.
The court will decide the validity of the pretrial warrant on January 13.
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