Captain, 3 crew members charged with murder in Korean ferry sinking

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – The blame game for April’s South Korean ferry tragedy now focuses in on the Captain, Lee Joon-Seok, and three other crew members, who have been charged with murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.

This after the ship carrying more than 300 passengers were killed when it began to sink.

If their capital punishment rules, this will be the first time in 20 years since the last execution in South Korea. That’s pretty serious. Eleven other crew members are facing charges for abandonment and violating a ship safety act.

According to prosecutors, crew members were the first to jump ship and failed to evacuate passengers from the sinking vessel.

Investigators determined the ‘Sewol’ had too much cargo on-board, which caused it to be unbalanced, tipping it over and sinking. It is still unclear how the ship passed a safety inspection.

Whether or not Captain Lee Joon-Seok and his crew have any answers for that; there are many who probably feel their fate is already sealed.