Rapper Nafla (31, real name Choi Seok-bae), who was sentenced to 1 year in prison for his involvement in military service corruption, has appealed the decision of the first trial.
According to legal sources on the 15th of August, Nafla’s legal team submitted an appeal to the Seoul Southern District Court’s Criminal Division 7 (Judge Kim Jung-gi) the previous day.
Earlier this year, the prosecution and the Military Manpower Administration jointly investigated and prosecuted a total of 137 individuals, including brokers who disguised themselves as fake epilepsy patients to evade military service or manipulated their physical examination grades to avoid service. Among those implicated were athletes and coaches from various sports, including volleyball, soccer, golf, and esports, as well as celebrities like rapper Ravi and Nafla, who were included in the list of clients requested by broker K.
Investigations revealed that Nafla, under the same agency as Ravi, pretended to have severe depression symptoms to evade military service. Additionally, evidence was found that he falsified official documents to claim he had worked at the Seoul Seocho-gu Office for 141 days, even though he did not show up for work during that time. In the first trial held in April, legal representatives for both Ravi and Nafla admitted to all the charges brought against them. The prosecution sought a 2-year prison sentence for Ravi and a 2 years and 6 months sentence for Nafla.
Subsequently, on the 10th of August, the Seoul Southern District Court’s Criminal Division 7 (Judge Kim Jung-gi) conducted the sentencing trial for 9 individuals, including Ravi and Nafla, who were charged with violating the Military Service Act and other offenses. On that day, the court sentenced Ravi to 1 year in prison, suspended for 2 years, along with 120 hours of community service. Nafla was sentenced to 1 year in prison. The judge handling the case mentioned, “He committed this crime while being tried for a drug case. The nature of the offense is not favorable.”
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