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Prosecution demands death sentence for Sewol captain

2014/10/27 16:46

GWANGJU, Oct. 27 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors sought the death sentence Monday for the captain of the sunken ferry Sewol for abandoning passengers at the time of the deadly sinking.

Lee Joon-seok, the 69-year-old skipper, was indicted on charges of murdering more than 300 passengers as he was the first to be rescued as the ill-fated ship was sinking off South Korea's southern coast on April 16.

Prosecutors also asked a district court in this southern city to sentence three crew members, including the first mate surnamed Kang, to life in prison for the same charge.

Prison terms ranging from 15 years to 30 years were demanded against 11 other crew members, including the first engineer surnamed Sohn, who have been charged with abandonment and violation of a ship safety act.

Of the total number of people on board, only 174 were rescued while the others, mostly high school students on a school trip, perished with some 10 people still listed as missing.



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