Supreme Court upholds jail term for SKorea ferry operator


SEOUL: South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday confirmed a seven-year prison sentence for the CEO of the company that operated the ill-fated Sewol ferry, which sank last year with the loss of more than 300 lives. The ruling upheld the sentence passed by an appeals court in May, which found Kim Han-Sik, the president of Chonghaejin Marine Co., guilty of manslaughter and embezzlement. Four other Chonghaejin officials were sentenced to jail terms ranging from two-and-a-half to four years. The apex court agreed with the lower court finding that Kim had allowed the passenger ferry to be routinely overloaded and approved illegal renovations to increase its passenger capacity. The Sewol sank in April 2014, with the loss of 304 lives — most of them high school students on an organized trip.



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