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Relatives weep and jeer as footage of sinking South Korea ferry shown during trial

Published on Jul 8, 2014 1:13 PM
Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry arrive at Gwangju district court on July 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

GWANGJU, South Korea (AFP) - Relatives of the victims of South Korea's ferry disaster wept amid angry scenes in court on Tuesday as prosecutors played video footage of the sinking vessel during the murder trial of the captain and crew.

The video, taken from coastguard boats and helicopters, showed the last moments of the 6,825-tonne Sewol ferry as it listed and then capsized on April 16 with the loss of around 300 lives.

Among the dead were some 250 students from the same high school in Ansan city just south of Seoul.

Dozens of family members were in the courtroom in the southern city of Gwangju and many wept openly at the scenes of passengers desperately trying to escape the ship.

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