|Seungri on his way out of the police agency after hours of questioning. Yonhap|
By Lee Min-young
The state military recruitment agency says K-pop star Seungri will likely have to start serving in the military regardless of the ongoing investigation over his alleged involvement in sex crimes, according to a local media report.
Newsis reported on Friday that Military Manpower Administration (MMA) chief Ki Chan-soo said there was no legal ground for the agency to defer Seungri's conscription and he would likely be investigated in the military.
But he added that if Seungri formally requested deferment, the agency would closely examine whether he had a relevant reason for postponement, and decide according to the conscription law.
The law stipulates that conscription can be delayed if a person is under detention or in jail.
Earlier, Seungri walked out of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency at around 6:15 a.m. Friday, following 16 hours of questioning over allegations that he procured prostitutes for businessmen.
On his way out, he told reporters that he planned to ask for his conscription to be deferred so he could faithfully address the allegations against him. He was due to enroll on Mar. 25.