A South Korean packet captain was condemned Tuesday to 36 years in jail after a justice found him guilty of loosening when his vessel capsized in April, heading to a deaths of 295 people, with 9 still missing.
But a Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea clear Capt. Lee Joon-seok of homicide, a assign prosecutors had sought to get him a genocide penalty. The justice resolved there was no explanation a captain knew his actions would lead to what became one of a misfortune disasters in a country’s history, The Associated Press reports.
The court’s preference is doubtful to prove many of a victims’ lamentation relatives. They decried a rarely expected outcome as distant too lenient, a AP reports, with some tears and cheering during a justice proceedings.
“Is this how small a lives of a children were worth?” a woman screamed in a packaged courtroom, reports Reuters. “The genocide judgment is not adequate for a crew.”
As The BBC’s Stephen Evans celebrated in a courtroom:
When a settlement was handed down, there were cries of agonise and annoy from some of a bereaved families in court. They had wanted a outcome to be murder as a symbol of a earnest of a loosening committed by a people in assign of a boat …
The box has been a concentration of wider anger. The male who will never face hearing is a owners of a company.
The Sewol had been altered to take some-more load and in a routine been done reduction stable. As a authorities followed him, a authority of a handling company, Yoo byung-eun, fled and was after found passed in a field.
Aside from a captain, 14 additional organisation members were charged for their roles in a accident. The justice convicted a arch operative of carnage for not assisting dual associate shipmates. It condemned him to 30 years in prison, creation him a usually one of 4 charged with carnage to be found guilty of it.
The justice found a other 13 organisation members guilty of several charges, including negligence, and condemned them to 5 to 20 years in prison, Reuters reports.
The justice pronounced prosecutors and organisation members had one week to appeal. Relatives of a victims devise to ask for an appeal, though a comparison prosecutor told a AP that his bureau hadn’t motionless either to follow by on it.
Shipping regulators and executives of a packet user are still on hearing on charges of negligence.
Only 172 of a 476 people aboard a boat were discovered when it sank en track to a review island of Jeju in April. Of a 304 reliable passed or still missing, 250 were schoolchildren.
Korean officials announced Tuesday that they were job off a scarcely seven-month hunt for a final 9 blank people, observant conditions during a mutilate have turn too dangerous.
South Korea’s worst shipping collision occurred in 1970, when 320 people died after an overloaded packet capsized on a country’s southeast coast, reported The Christian Science Monitor’s Steven Borowiec. April’s collision was a biggest given 1993, when another packet sank in a Yellow Sea.