Sewol disaster: Death penalty sought for ferry captain

  • Prosecutors in South Korea have sought the death sentence for Lee Joon-seok, the captain of Sewol, the ferry that capsized in April killing around 300 people, many of them school students, media reports say.

    The prosecutors, who have also sought life terms for three crew members of the ferry, charged Joon-seok and the crew with murder, alleging that they did not use the vessel’s facilities like rafts and vests to help evacuate passengers.

    South Korea has not carried out an execution in the past 17 years.


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