A district court today sentenced the captain of the sunken ferry Sewol to 36 years in prison for abandoning passengers at the time of the deadly sinking.
Lee Joon-seok, however, was acquitted of charges that he murdered 304 passengers as he left them behind while he was the first to be rescued. The ship sank off South Korea’s southern coast on April 16.
Prosecutors had sought the death penalty against the 68-year-old skipper.
The ruling came just hours after the government terminated the near seven-month search of the sunken vessel, with nine passengers still unaccounted for. It cited the collapsing interior and worsening sea conditions as reasons for calling off the search.
Source: Busan eFM News
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