The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized in April has escaped the death penalty and has instead been sentenced to 36 years in jail for his role in the tragedy. Lee Joon-seok was acquitted of murder but found guilty of gross negligence for abandoning passengers onboard the overloaded Sewol ferry. The vast majority of the victims were school children. Captain Lee and several of his crew members fled the ship after it capsized and were among the first to be rescued by the coast guard. They were accused of causing hundreds of unnecessary deaths by failing to issue evacuation orders and telling the children to stay in their cabins.
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Iran Agrees To Release Crew Members Of Detained South Korean Ship
It was used alongside the panokseon warships in the fight against invading Japanese naval ships. The ship's name derives from its protective shell-like covering. However, these early turtle ships soon fell out of use as Korea's naval preparedness decreased during a long period of relative peace. Turtle ships participated in the war against Japanese naval forces supporting Toyotomi Hideyoshi 's attempts to conquer Korea from to His turtle ships were equipped with at least five different types of cannons and greatly contributed to winning 16 times from 16 battles against the Japanese Navy until they were destroyed in the Battle of Chilcheollyang since their first appearance in the Battle of Sacheon Their most distinguishable feature was a dragon-shaped head at the bow front that could launch cannon fire or flames from the mouth.
Iran says crew of detained South Korean vessel can leave
France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites. Iran said on Tuesday it has allowed about 20 crew members of a South Korean tanker seized almost a month ago for alleged pollution to leave the country in a "humanitarian move". The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the Hankuk Chemi and arrested its multinational crew near the strategic Strait of Hormuz on January 4, saying it had polluted the waters. The development came as Tehran urged Seoul to released billions of dollars of Iranian assets frozen in South Korea due to US sanctions. The permission for them to leave had been granted upon "the request of the South Korean government and with the cooperation of the judiciary in Iran", he added.
The sinking of Sewol resulted in widespread social and political reaction within South Korea. Many criticized the actions of the ferry's captain and most of the crew. On 15 May , the captain and three crew members were charged with murder, while the other eleven members of the crew were indicted for abandoning the ship. At the time of its purchase by Chonghaejin Marine on 8 October , the ship that would come to be known as MV Sewol was eighteen years old and dilapidated.