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Prosecution raided sunken ferry operator, affiliates

2014/04/23 11:02

SEOUL/INCHEON, South Korea, April 23 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors raided offices of the ill-fated ferry Sewol's operator and its affiliates, as well as the residence of the firm's owner Wednesday as part of their probe into what caused the country's worst maritime disaster in 20 years.

The investigators raided the Cheonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the ship Sewol, and the residence of its owner Yoo Byung-eun, a former chief of Semo Marine Co., as well as some 20 offices of its affiliates and religious groups believed to be related to the owner family in Seoul and the city of Incheon.

It is part of the ongoing investigations into what caused last week's deadly sinking of the ferry. Of the 476 people on board, 174 people survived the disaster and 139 were confirmed dead, with 163 people still missing.

"We have been conducting an extensive raid to look into the overall management of the operator and its affiliates," a prosecutor said.

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