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First damages suit filed over South Korea ferry disaster

Published on Jun 13, 2014 11:01 AM
Policewomen comfort a family member (centre) of missing passengers onboard the capsized passenger ship Sewol, as she waits for news from a search and rescue operation team, during sunset at a port in Jindo on April 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - The mother of a student victim of South Korea's ferry disaster has filed a test lawsuit seeking damages from the government and the vessel's owners, a court spokesman said on Friday.

It marks the first litigation move by any relatives of the nearly 300 people killed in the April 16 tragedy which rocked the entire country.

The suit filed with the Seoul Central District Court claims 30 million won (S$36,900) in compensation from the government and the Chonghaejin Marine Co., which owned and operated the 6,825-tonne Sewol.

It was filed by the mother of an unidentified student from Danwon High School in Ansan City, south of Seoul.

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