Wrapping up probe, prosecution dismisses most claims by Sewol ferry victims’ households

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SEOUL, Jan. 19 (Yonhap) — The prosecution’s particular crew on Tuesday introduced the outcomes of its investigation and formally wrapped up a 14-month probe into the 2014 sinking of the ferry Sewol that killed greater than 300 individuals, principally youngsters.

It dropped a lot of the key allegations raised by the victims’ households and their supporters.

The ferry sank off the southwestern coast of the Korean Peninsula on April 16, 2014, in one of many nation’s worst peacetime disasters. It went down, together with 250 highschool youngsters and 11 lecturers, who had been travelling to the southern resort island of Jeju on a college discipline journey.

In February, the crew indicted 11 senior maritime police officers, together with Kim Suk-kyoon, the previous chief on the Korea Coast Guard, for skilled negligence leading to demise and for failing to steer a swift and well timed rescue operation.

In Could, the crew charged an extra 9 authorities officers, together with Lee Byung-kee, former chief of employees for former President Park Geun-hye, with abuse of energy. They had been accused of interfering with the work of a particular investigation fee tasked with discovering the reality of the ferry sinking and the state rescue effort.

The crew, nonetheless, closed the investigation with out extra indictments relating to allegations that the Park authorities exerted undue affect over the prosecution’s preliminary probe into the case and the state intelligence company illegally surveilled a few of the victims’ households to cowl up the reality.

It additionally dropped the cost that the maritime police hampered the rescue efforts for a teenage boy by transferring him on a ship, not utilizing a helicopter, thereby losing time that might have saved his life.

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The problem of the closed-circuit tv footage retrieved from the sunken ship, which some raised suspicions of getting been fabricated, might be dealt with by a particular counsel, it stated.

“We did our greatest to look into numerous allegations and discover the reality behind them,” Im Kwan-hyuck, who led the crew, stated in an announcement. “We provide our deepest condolences to the households of the victims.”

The crew was launched by Prosecutor Common Yoon Seok-youl in November 2019 to look into numerous unsolved questions and allegations surrounding the federal government’s botched rescue operation and mismanagement of the tragedy.

jaeyeon.woo@yna.co.kr
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