Police lift travel ban on G-Dragon, request extension for actor Lee Sun-kyun

Bomi Yoon

G-Dragon of K-pop group BIGBANG, center, arrives at Nonhyeon police station in Incheon, Nov. 6. Yonhap

Police have lifted the travel ban imposed on G-Dragon of K-pop group BIGBANG over drug use suspicions after the singer tested negative in an extensive drug test on his hair and nail samples last week.

The Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency decided not to extend the travel ban on the singer, which expired Saturday, and notified him of the decision, according to judicial officials.

Under the Immigration Act, the justice minister can order the suspect under investigation to be banned from leaving the country for up to a month, and the travel ban can be extended with a request from investigators.

G-Dragon, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, was booked for investigation on charges of violating the Narcotics Control Act on Oct. 25 and banned from leaving the country two days later.

Last week, the singer tested negative in a detailed narcotics analysis on his hair and nail samples conducted by the National Forensic Service.

Meanwhile, the police requested the justice ministry extend the travel ban on actor Lee Sun-kyun of the Oscar-winning movie “Parasite” in connection with his ongoing drug investigations.

Lee has been accused of using marijuana and other illegal drugs at the home of a hostess working at a high-end bar in Seoul’s Gangnam district on multiple occasions since early this year.

Lee tested negative in a brief reagent test conducted by the police last month, and the results of thorough drug tests on his hair samples, conducted by the National Forensic Service on two occasions this month, also came back negative.

The police refused to disclose the exact date that the ban is expected to be lifted or its plans for future investigations on the case. (Yonhap)

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