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Court upholds singer Steve Yoo’s entry ban

Feb 24,2017
An appellate court on Thursday upheld the entry ban on a Korean-American singer who has been forbidden to visit South Korea after winning U.S. citizenship in an apparent attempt to evade military conscription.

Steve Yoo, once a mega-hit singer here better known as Yoo Seung-jun, filed a lawsuit against a South Korean consulate in the United States in October 2015 for refusing to grant him a visa.

Upholding a lower court’s decision, the Seoul High Court rejected Yoo’s appeal and ruled in favor of the consulate’s decision.

Yoo became a subject of intense public criticism after he was granted U.S. citizenship in 2002, despite his previous promise to the public to fulfill his military duty.

All able-bodied South Korean men must serve in the military for about two years. Attempts to avoid conscription by young entertainers, as well as the offspring of the rich, are strongly criticized.

Yonhap