South Korea

South Korean Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Captain of Sunken Ferry

Life sentences for three senior crewmembers


Prosecutors on Monday demanded death penalty for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April, branding him an unrepentant liar who abandoned the more than 300 people who died in the disaster.

They also sought life sentences for three senior crew members and prison terms of between 15 to 30 years for 11 others as the trial of Captain Lee Joon-Seok and his crew wound up in the southern city of Gwangju in an emotional session that left many of the defendants in tears.