Head of South Korean ferry operator sentenced to 10 years in jail over April sinking
SEOUL, South Korea – A court has sentenced the head of a South Korean ferry operator to 10 years in jail over an April ship sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage students.
The Gwangju District Court said in a statement Thursday that Kim Han-sik, president of Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd, also received a 2 million won ($1,800) fine for failing to stop the improper storage and overloaded cargo on the ship that judges ruled contributed to its sinking.
The court last week sentenced 15 crew members to between five and 36 years in prison.
Divers recovered 295 bodies from the wreckage before the government stopped underwater searches last week. Nine victims remain missing.