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South Korean Ferry Disaster (2014)
South Korean ferry operator gets 10 years in prison
South Korean ferry operator gets 10 years in prison

The chief executive of the company that operated a South Korean ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.  Cheonghaejin Marine Chief Executive Kim Han-sik was found guilty of professional negligence causing death. Kim was also convicted of embezzling funds from the company and ordered to pay a fine of 2 million won (about $1,800) by a court in the city of Gwangju. In his ruling, Judge Yim Jung-yeob pointed to Kim’s role in initiating the refurbishment of the Sewol, which increased the ferry’s capacity, making it top-heavy and more vulnerable to tipping over, the Yonhap News Agency reported. Cheonghaejin Marine...

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