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Captain of South Korean Ferry that Sank & Killed over 300 Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

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Lee Joon-seok Ferry Disaster

Lee Joon-seok

The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April, resulting in the death of over 300 individuals who were mostly students, has been sentenced to 36 years in prison after being found guilty if gross negligence.

Lee Joon-seok, the captain, was one of 15 crew members who faced trial over the incident, which has been described as “one of South Korea’s worst maritime disasters,” BBC reports.

Prosecutors had earlier charged him with homicide, and petitioned for the death sentence. However, he was acquitted on that charge.

The chief engineer of the Ferry, Park, was found guilty of murder, and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

In addition, the thirteen other members of the crew were given prison sentences of up to 20 years, after being found guilty of charges such as abandonment and violation of maritime law.

In the aftermath of the disaster, the public was outraged when video footage was released, showing captain Joon-Seok fleeing the ship, as the ship was sinking and passengers were trapped inside the ferry. It was also discovered that crew members  failed to  secure cargo which had moved when the vessel took a tight turn. Their failure to do this is said to have caused the ferry to sink.

Photo Credit: AFP/BBC

3 Comments

  1. NIRA

    November 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Hmmmm… and the perpetrators of the Immigration job saga are still running wild in government here in Nigeria??!!! When we develop a sense of responsibility, then we have started.

  2. Idak

    November 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

    How many years will the builders and owners of the guest house in Ikotun that killed over a 100 persons when it collapsed get? That is the most pertinent question at hand! Yet the clowns have the guts to institute a case attempting to quash the inquest.
    Forget corruption, as a people we are screwed on every side.
    On a related note, the minister under whose watch the immigration job saga occurred is not only sitting tight but is campaigning for Jonathan. There is obviously no honour among these barbarians. Not a shred of honour. Yet some barbarians have the effrontery to go on a publicity bliss in the name of pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The God of the bible is indeed a very patient God!!

  3. Fre

    November 11, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Hope the trial was well carried out.
    A few things are worse than “misjustice” (ie he might have to go to jail for some reasons, but would 36yrs be fair – could be too long or too short depending on the outcome of the trial/offence in question. Like Oscar Pistorious’ 5yrs sentence for example, is that misjustice?)

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