ITF condemns South Korea ferry sentence

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shutterstock_161624438ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair David Heindel today (Wednesday) described the 36-year sentence handed down to Captain Lee Joon-Seok as “excessive and unjust”.

The South Korean ferry, Sewol, sank in April resulting in 304 deaths, many of them secondary school students.

“The ITF believes that the judgment is based more on emotion and the need to find someone to blame than justice,” said Mr Heindel.

“The sentencing of the captain and the other seafarers is too severe and does not take into account the actions or lack of actions by others in the industry.

“The ITF seafarers’ section committee will meet next week in to London and consider an appropriate ongoing response to this tragic matter.”