S. KOREA POLICE STORM COMPOUND IN SEARCH FOR FERRY OWNER

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ANSEONG, South Korea: Thousands of South Korean police forced their way into the compound of a splinter religious group on Wednesday in their search for a fugitive businessman wanted in connection with April’s ferry disaster. Live television reports showed police officers, many in full riot gear, streaming into the sprawling church and farming complex in a morning raid in Anseong, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Seoul. A spokesman for the Gyeonggi province police force said 6,000 officers were involved. The huge operation came a day after President Park Geun-Hye urged police and prosecutors to step up a manhunt for Yoo Byung-Eun, 72, a leading member of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Korea. Yoo is the patriarch of the family behind the Chonghaejin Marine Co.—the company that owned and operated the 6,825-ton Sewol passenger ferry which sank on April 16 with the loss of 300 lives, most of them schoolchildren.

AFP

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