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« Reply #60 on: May 12, 2015, 08:48:08 PM »

http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/South-Korean-court-reduces-jail-term-for-ferry-6258687.php
South Korean court reduces jail term for ferry company chief
May 12, 2015

 
The High Court in the city of Gwangju lowered Kim Han-sikís sentence to seven years from 10 years. Kim, 72, the chief executive of Chonghaejin Marine Co., had received the 10-year sentence from a lower court in November after being convicted of accidental homicide and embezzlement.
The presiding High Court judge, Seo Kyong-hwan, said Tuesday that he had decided to reduce Kimís sentence after considering the lighter punishments given to other defendants in connection with the April 2014 sinking of the Sewol, one of South Koreaís worst disasters in decades. Investigators found that the ferry had been dangerously overloaded, among other safety violations, and that the family that controlled Chonghaejin Marine had stolen funds that could have been used to make the ship safer. Kim and others were convicted of helping the family embezzle the funds.
Most of the 304 people killed in the ferry sinking were high school students on a field trip. The shipís captain, Lee Jun-seok, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison last month for fleeing the ship without trying to help the passengers.
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