Korean Captain Found Guilty of Homicide

SEOUL, April 28 (Reuters) - The captain of a South Korean ferry that sank last year, killing 304 people, was found guilty of homicide by an appeals court on Tuesday and sentenced to life in prison, overturning an earlier conviction for negligence. Prosecutors who had originally sought a homicide conviction for ferry captain Lee Joon-seok appealed against a decision by a … [Read more...]

Sewol Crew File for Appeal

SEOUL, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Eight of the 15 surviving crew members of a South Korean ferry that capsized in April have filed for appeal against their convictions on negligence charges in the country's worst maritime disaster in more than four decades. The eight crew members, who had been given prison sentences ranging from five to 30 years, filed appeal papers on Thursday, … [Read more...]

ITF Condemns Sewol Ferry Sentences

The International Transport Workers' Federation's seafarers’ section chair, David Heindel, has condemned South Korea's sentencing of the Sewol ferry Captain and crew, describing the 36 year sentence handed down to Captain Lee Joon-Seok as “excessive and unjust”. In a statement, Heindel commented that the ITF believes the sentences handed down on Tuesday, ranging from five to … [Read more...]

Sewol Ferry Captain Spared Death Penalty, Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

By Sam Kim Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April was sentenced to 36 years in prison for not doing enough to save passengers in the country’s worst maritime disaster in more than four decades. Judge Lim Joung Youb said Captain Lee Joon Seok, 69, could have saved many more lives had he tried to evacuate the passengers before … [Read more...]

Court Mulling Death Penalty for Sewol Ferry Captain Stirs Bitter Memory

By Sam Kim Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) -- After his mother was killed in a 1970 ferry sinking in South Korea, Nah Jong Ryeol spent four decades documenting the disaster in hopes of preventing another tragedy. Then the Sewol sank in April killing 304 people. For Nah, a 65-year-old retired government worker, the Sewol disaster and the current trial of its crew have forced him to … [Read more...]