arabtoday
Last Updated : GMT 11:38:17
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Student survivors to testify in South Korea ferry trial

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Student survivors to testify in South Korea ferry trial

Family members of victims of sewol ferry disaster
Gwangju - AFP

Student survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster will testify in the trial of the captain and crew in a special session at a courtroom in their traumatised home town, a district court ruled Tuesday.
The court in Gwangju, 165 miles (265 kilometers) south of Seoul, said the decision had been made to spare the students any further stress.
The ruling came as the court began to hear evidence in the trial of the captain and 14 crew, who are charged with criminal negligence and abandoning the passengers of the Sewol ferry which capsized and sank on April 16 with the loss of nearly 300 lives.
Among the dead were around 250 students from the same high school in Ansan city just south of Seoul.
Captain Lee Joon-Seok and three senior crew members are accused of "homicide through wilful negligence" -- a charge that can carry the death penalty.
The 11 other defendants are being tried on lesser violations of maritime law.
Some 50 witnesses are expected to give evidence and the court said the students' testimony would be given during a special session at a court in Ansan.
"This decision was taken in consideration of the students who live in the Ansan area and may have difficulty travelling such a long distance in the aftermath of the accident," a court statement said.
The session will take place between July 28-30 and will be closed to the public to protect the students' "privacy and mental well-being", it said.
Most of the 75 students who survived the disaster were set to return to normal classes at Dawon High School on Wednesday.
It was not clear how many had chosen to testify in the trial.
The bulk of the charges against the crew arise from the fact that Lee and the others chose to abandon the 6,825-tonne ferry while hundreds of people were still trapped inside the heavily listing vessel before it capsized.
They were also condemned for ordering the passengers to remain where they were when the ship began listing.
A handful of crew members who stayed and tried to guide passengers to safety were among those who died.
Captain Lee's lawyer has vowed to challenge the homicide charge, citing the absence of any criminal intent on the part of his client.
The start of the trial's evidentiary stage Tuesday coincided with the recovery of another victim from the submerged ferry.
It was the first body to be retrieved from the interior of the vessel in 16 days.
The body was of a female student  and brings the total number of confirmed victims to 293, with 11 still unaccounted for.
The recovery operation has dragged on for more than two months, with the body retrieval rate falling off rapidly since the beginning of June.
Two divers have been killed and voices have begun to be heard calling for heavy cranes to be brought in to lift the sunken vessel.
Relatives of those still missing insist all the bodies must be recovered first, despite indications that some may have been carried away by the strong currents in the area.
The tragedy stunned South Korea, knocking the entire country off its stride and unleashing a wave of public anger, as it emerged that incompetence, corruption and greed had all contributed to the scale of the disaster.
Lee and his crew were publicly vilified in the wake of the tragedy, and there been some expressions of concern about how fair their trial can be in such a charged atmosphere.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today student survivors to testify in south korea ferry trial Arab Today, arab today student survivors to testify in south korea ferry trial

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Adidas Originals ‘reinterpreted’

GMT 14:52 2016 Thursday ,01 December

Adidas Originals ‘reinterpreted’
Arab Today, arab today At Milaidhoo Island, Maldives

GMT 08:42 2016 Wednesday ,07 December

At Milaidhoo Island, Maldives
Arab Today, arab today Paris's matchbox apartments

GMT 10:37 2016 Saturday ,24 September

Paris's matchbox apartments
Arab Today, arab today As West watches Aleppo slip away

GMT 08:15 2016 Saturday ,10 December

As West watches Aleppo slip away
Arab Today, arab today 'Rookie' Trump must fall into line

GMT 08:02 2016 Tuesday ,06 December

'Rookie' Trump must fall into line
View News in Arabic - Education: تقارير وملفات
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today The summer school raising aspirations

GMT 12:49 2016 Tuesday ,06 December

The summer school raising aspirations
Arab Today, arab today Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone immortalized

GMT 12:31 2016 Thursday ,08 December

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone immortalized
Arab Today, arab today Australia's Rinehart, China group

GMT 10:02 2016 Friday ,09 December

Australia's Rinehart, China group
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Hyundai allows Saudi journalists

GMT 15:14 2016 Thursday ,01 December

Hyundai allows Saudi journalists
Arab Today, arab today Latest Infiniti QX to compete

GMT 13:16 2016 Saturday ,26 November

Latest Infiniti QX to compete
Arab Today, arab today Kirk Douglas at 100, still in love

GMT 12:19 2016 Thursday ,08 December

Kirk Douglas at 100, still in love
Arab Today, arab today Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

GMT 13:47 2016 Thursday ,08 December

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

GMT 10:48 2016 Tuesday ,06 December

France bets on Bollywood

GMT 10:52 2016 Tuesday ,06 December

Vanessa Redgrave makes directing

GMT 04:15 2016 Thursday ,30 June

World's largest uncut diamond fails

GMT 11:39 2016 Tuesday ,06 December

Indonesia expands protection

GMT 15:59 2015 Wednesday ,27 May

Seoul elevates gardening to high art

GMT 12:39 2016 Saturday ,26 November

Skin patch could help kids

GMT 13:17 2016 Friday ,25 November

Ajman Tourism launches time capsule

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 14:08 2016 Saturday ,10 December

Samsung Galaxy A8 arrives in Saudi market

GMT 09:53 2016 Sunday ,15 May

OMEGA official timekeepers
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube

Powered and Developed by FilmMatters

Copyright © 2016 Arabtoday

Developed by FilmMatters

© 2016 Arabtoday

arabtoday arabtoday arabtoday
arabtoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabtoday, Arabtoday, Arabtoday