Student survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster to testify in trial
Published on Jun 24, 2014 9:27 PM
GWANGJU, South Korea (AFP) - Student survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster will testify in the trial of the captain and crew by closed circuit TV from a courtroom in their traumatised home town, a district court ruled on Tuesday.
The court in Gwangju, 265 kilometres south of Seoul, said the decision had been made to spare the students any further stress.
The ruling came as the court began to hear evidence in the trial of the captain and 14 crew, who are charged with criminal negligence and abandoning the passengers of the Sewol ferry, which capsized and sank on April 16 with the loss of nearly 300 lives.
Among the dead were around 250 students from the same high school in Ansan city just south of Seoul.
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