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Pop singer Jay Chou accused of evading military service
2006-02-24 01:43:18 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Taiwanese singer and actor Jay Chow gestures as he arrives for the 42nd Golden Horse Awards in this Nov. 13, 2005 file photo in Keelung, Taiwan. (AP Photo)

TAIPEI, Feb 24 (AP) -- Taiwanese pop sensation Jay Chou is being investigated on suspicion of faking a spinal ailment to avoid serving his obligatory two years of military service, a prosecutor said on Friday.

In response to a court subpoena, Chou's attorney submitted a report last month to explain the pop heartthrob's health condition, said prosecutor Lin Pang-liang.

"He made some clarifications in the report, and we will determine whether they are reliable or not," Lin said.

Chou's agent at Alfa Music was not immediately available for comment.

But the Apple Daily quoted an unidentified Alfa official as saying Chou received an exemption from service in 1999 when he was 20.

"He still suffers acute spinal pain whenever he is too tired or exercises too much," the official was quoted as saying.

If convicted of faking a health report to avoid military service, Chou could face a maximum five years in jail.

Many Taiwanese singers and actors have complained that being forced to take two years out for military service can effectively ruin their careers in the fickle entertainment world.

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