South Korea prosecutors seek death penalty for captain of doomed ferry

Reuters News
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Posted: Oct 27, 2014 3:38 AM

GWANGJU South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that capsized in April, leaving 304 people dead or missing.

Lee Joon-seok, 68, who has been charged with homicide, should be sentenced to death for failing to execute his duty, which amounted to homicide, the prosecution told the court, resting its case in a trial that has taken place amid intense public anger towards the crew. A verdict has not yet been handed down.

The Sewol capsized and sank on a routine voyage on April 16, triggering an outpouring of nationwide grief and sharp criticism of the government of President Park Geun-hye for its handling of the rescue operation.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park, editing by Jack Kim)