The MV Sewol was operating illegally when it capsized in April, 2014, killing 300 people. A report by state officials says the operating license was obtained by presenting fraudulent safety papers, although exactly how officials were deceived is not being disclosed. The owners and crew of the Sewol are facing charges for negligent actions that facilitated the sinking of the ferry and failed to prevent the death of most of those on the ferry. Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the Sewol, has been charged with murder for fleeing the sinking vessel.
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