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S. Korean rappers get jail terms for marijuana charges

13:43 November 24, 2016

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) -- A local court on Thursday sentenced two South Korean rappers to jail terms for smoking marijuana.

The Seoul Central District Court handed down an eight-month prison term, suspended for two years, to rapper Iron, 24, and six months in jail, suspended for a year, to rapper Kidoh, 24.

The two were indicted in July, with Iron charged with smoking the banned substance three times between December 2014 and March last year, and Kidoh on charges of smoking the drug at a bar in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 2015.

They were among seven hip-hop artists who were indicted over similar allegations at that time.

The court also ordered them to forfeit 250,000 won (US$211) and 50,000 won, respectively, and take 40 hours of a rehabilitation lecture.

Under South Korean law, the use of marijuana is banned and comes with a maximum of five years in jail or a fine of up to 50 million won.

This photo taken on March 30, 2015, shows South Korean rapper Iron. He was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, on Nov. 24, 2016, on charges of smoking marijuana. (Yonhap)



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