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South Korea ferry disaster: Crew told 'you're not human' by victim's kin as trial begins

Published on Jun 10, 2014 4:13 PM
 
Lee Joon Seok, captain of sunken ferry Sewol, arrives at a court in Gwangju on June 10, 2014. Fifteen crew members of a South Korean ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people, most of them children, went on trial on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, on charges ranging from negligence to homicide, with the shout going up of "murderer" as the captain entered the court. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GWANGJU, South Korea (Reuters) - Fifteen crew members of a South Korean ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people, most of them children, went on trial on Tuesday on charges ranging from negligence to homicide, with the shout going up of "murderer" as the captain entered the court.

Captain Lee Joon Seok, 68, and three senior crew members were charged with homicide, facing a maximum sentence of death. Two were charged with fleeing and abandoning ship that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Nine were charged with negligence, which can also carry jail terms.

But family members appeared to have already convicted the crew who were caught on video abandoning ship, the captain in his underwear, while the children, obeying orders, waited in their cabins for further instructions.

As the defendants were led in, someone shouted: "That guy is the captain, isn't he? Murderer!"

 
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