Will BTOB's Ilhoon be set free? Marijuana sentence may change over false evidence

Recent hearing of Jung Ilhoon's case suggests that the evidence table had some inaccuracies


                            Will BTOB's Ilhoon be set free? Marijuana sentence may change over false evidence
Fans of BTOB's former member are now hoping to see changes in his sentence after recent revelations of alleged false evidence (@ilhoonmj/Instagram)
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Jung Ilhoon's fans are in for some good news after his recent trial raised many questions with recent revelations. Former BTOB member Jung Ilhoon, who was accused of habitual consumption of marijuana in December of 2020 had to appear in court for the second hearing at the appeals court on October 7.

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Ilhoon, who was arrested on charges of violating the Narcotics Control Act, was called in for a trial held at the 13th Criminal Division of the Seoul High Court. Ilhoon, who is now in the military while being reviewed for illegal consumption of marijuana, appeared at court and there are reports that suggest that his sentence might be changed given recent developments in the case.

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New revelations in Ilhoon's case

According to reports from Naver Now, the argument presented by Ilhoon suggested that there was a huge difference in the amount of marijuana the former idol consumed and the quantity of it that was reported to have been purchased by him. The report also suggested that there was a legal misunderstanding in part of the evidence against Ilhoon, where it is suspected that he was falsely charged with a graver penalty due to "rigged" evidence.

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In response to the opinions of the defense counsel for Ilhoon, the prosecution has now deleted the part of the indictment against Ilhoon and others involved in the case. This news is attracting more attention towards Ilhoon and prospective future updates on his case. Ilhoon who was initially sentenced to two years in prison during his first trial is now set on doing some damage control as he continues to appeal for mercy.

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Ilhoon files 58 apology letters

Ilhoon has submitted a total of 58 apology letters or reflective statements to the court in lieu of his past actions starting from July 2021 to October 2021 since his case was transferred to the Court of Appeal on June 28. While Ilhoon submitted 20 letters of reflection after his first trial, his attorney submitted a statement of opinion citing petitions from Ilhoon's international fans in support of the idol.

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From July 5, 2016 to January 9, 2019, Jung Ilhoon was charged with conspiring with seven people to remit 133 million won worth of marijuana to an informant 161 times while also consuming some of it himself. Soon after that, Ilhoon was charged for violating the Drug Management Act in July 2020 while he was serving as a social service worker. He was then sent to trial in March upon further investigation.

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In his first trial on June 10, Ilhoon was sentenced to two years in prison, and a fine of 133 million won but he soon filed an appeal four days after his arrest. The final hearing of Ilhoon's case will be held on November 4, 2021.