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Doomed South Korean ferry boss's driver turns himself in

Published on Jul 29, 2014 11:06 AM
 
The driver of the South Korean businessman wanted over the sinking of a ferry that killed more than 300 people in April turned himself in on Tuesday, potentially unlocking the mystery of the man's final days after the disaster. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (REUTERS) - The driver of the South Korean businessman wanted over the sinking of a ferry that killed more than 300 people in April turned himself in on Tuesday, potentially unlocking the mystery of the man's final days after the disaster.

Prosecutors in the port city of Incheon said the driver, Mr Yang Hoe Jung, turned himself in at their office, which is leading the investigation into the role of businessman Yoo Byung-un in the sinking of the ferry Sewol.

The structurally defective and heavily overloaded ferry capsized and sank on a routine journey on April 16, killing 304 people, 250 of them teenagers from the same school on a class field trip. Twelve of their teachers were also killed.

The trial of 15 surviving crew members, including the captain, resumed on Monday with evidence from some of the 75 teenagers who survived South Korea's worst maritime disaster.

 
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