Back in January, it was revealed that VIXX member Ravi had been among those booked in relation to the evasion of military service through a broker service. Since then, fans were provided some hope that he wasn’t involved when his name wasn’t among 47 people indicted in February. However, it’s now been revealed that an arrest warrant for Ravi that was filed on March 2 was dismissed recently, but only because he has already admitted to charges and wasn’t considered a flight risk.
On March 6, chief judge Kim Ji Sook of the Seoul Southern District Court investigated Ravi for allegedly violating the Military Service Act and examined the validity of his arrest warrant. Following the interrogation, the judge dismissed the warrant and stated, “It is difficult to determine that there is risk of fleeing or destroying evidence.”
As Ravi had admitted to the charges, the judge deemed the arrest unnecessary. They explained, “While these charges are serious, it is standard to conduct investigations of suspects without detention. In light of the objective evidence collected thus far, [the suspect] has admit to the charges. His residence and career are stable and when considering various factors, such as social ties, it’s hard to say there’s a need to arrest the suspect at this stage.”
23 others are also going to trial.
In relation to this case, it’s said that the court has gone to trial with a total of 23 individuals, including Mr. Gu. In addition to Ravi, it’s reported that over 100 individuals are currently being investigated, with some being in professional sports and the entertainment industry.
I was holding out hope that Ravi had been unfortunately tied up in the early reporting of a much bigger scandal and wasn’t actually involved, but that definitely wasn’t the case. It’s not yet specific as to what exactly he did or what the punishment will be, so perhaps the blow could be lessened if details are favorable, but it doesn’t look good for now.