“I didn’t know it was a banned substance” Song Seung-jun, sentenced to imprisonment for perjury

Two former professional baseball players, including Song Seung-jun, a former Lotte Giants player, were charged with lying in court and were sentenced to probation in the first trial.

Busan District Court’s 4th Criminal Division (Chief Judge) Chief Judge Choi Ji-young announced on the 2nd that she had sentenced two people, including Song, who were charged with perjury, to six months in prison and one year of probation, respectively.

Song Seung-jun, a former professional baseball player. news

They appeared as witnesses in the case of former professional baseball player A’s violation of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act in July of last year. A and B, a health trainer, were indicted for selling growth hormone injections, a medicine, for 16 million won in March 2017 from Song and others, and were sentenced to 10 months in prison. Song and others were not prosecuted at the time, as there was no provision to punish drug buyers in the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act.

At the time of Mr. A’s trial, Mr. Song testified to the effect that “(At the time of purchase) he did not know that it was growth hormone, and he told me that it was a stem cell nutritional supplement.” Prosecutors accused them of giving false testimony.

Person A, who sold drugs to Song and others, appeared as a legal witness and said, “I heard from Mr. B that it was growth hormone, and 8 to 12 hours after the shot, it was not detected in the urine, so it was safe from doping. ” he stated.

He also stated, “The defendants (two people including Song) asked, ‘Are you really okay or not in doping?”

The court ruled, “The part where Song and others testified that they did not know that it was a prohibited drug because they were not told that it was a growth hormone can only be viewed as false testimony based on the statements of investigative agencies.”

He continued, “Perjury is a serious crime that makes it difficult to discover the substantive truth,” but explained the reason for sentencing, saying, “The perjury part of the defendants did not affect the verdict in the case of violation of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act.”

In connection with this case, two players, including Song Seung-jun, who was a major pitcher for Lotte in professional baseball, were suspended from participating in 72 games last year for possession of banned substances. Song, Kim, and the prosecution appealed against the results of the first trial.

Busan = Reporter Lee Bo-ram [email protected]

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