Captain gets life term in Sewol ferry disaster

(SEOUL, South Korea) — The captain of Sewol, the South Korean ferry that capsized a year ago, killing more than 300 people, was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison, The New York Times reported. Lee June-seok was convicted on murder charges by an appeals court after being sentenced to 36 years in prison on lesser criminal charges last year. On Tuesday, the high court in Gwangju accepted prosecutors’ arguments that Lee committed “murder through willful negligence” when he and his crew abandoned the ship and passengers without taking required steps to help them.

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By Professional Mariner Staff