Tuesday 23 January 2018

Ferry captain gets life for 300 dead

The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, has been given an increased sentence of life in prison.

A district court in November had sentenced Lee Joon-seok to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandoning passengers in need, but acquitted him of homicide. Victims' relatives criticised the verdict at the time, saying it was too lenient.

Prosecutors earlier had demanded the death penalty for Lee.

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