15 crew indicted over S. Korean ferry disaster

May 15, 2014 11:55 PM

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Seoul: Prosecutors indicted the captain of the sunken South Korean ferry and three crew members on homicide charges Thursday, alleging that they failed to carry out their duties to protect passengers in need. Less serious indictments were issued against the 11 other crew members responsible for navigating the vessel when it tipped over, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing.

Capt Lee Joon-seok and the other homicide defendants - a first mate, a second mate and the chief engineer - could face the death penalty if convicted, according to the Supreme Court, though no one has been executed in South Korea since 1997.

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