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Military protests court’s ruling concerning cadet

The military said yesterday that it would fight a court ruling quashing its expulsion of an officer candidate from the elite Army Academy for having sex with his girlfriend while on leave.

An appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the Academy abused its authority in disciplining cadets when it expelled a candidate for having sex with his girlfriend while on a weekend leave. It ruled that his conduct did no harm to the institution’s honor.

The Academy maintains rules against sexual relations as part of its code of conduct, which also bans drinking, smoking and marriage, and it intends to take the case to the Supreme Court, a spokesman for the Army told a news briefing.

News reports said a third party had observed the recruit and his girlfriend visiting an apartment and informed the Academy.

The Academy is an elite institution that educates officers for a nation that has a long history of military men playing an active role in politics. Two of its graduates have gone on to become president.

It has faced criticism that its rules, dating from 1952, are unrealistic in today’s society. But it says it plans to tighten scrutiny of personal ethics when reviewing candidates for the 310 cadets it will recruit this year.
In 2008, the National Human Rights Commission issued a non-binding recommendation that the Defense Ministry upgrade the code of conduct as some rules may infringe basic human rights. Kim Min-seok, the Defense Ministry spokesman, conceded that the Academy may have to change the rules to “better reflect the times” if the Supreme Court upholds the lower court ruling that expulsion for having sex was excessive. Reuters

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