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France to hand over daughter of Sewol's late owner to S. Korea

All News 23:52 March 08, 2016

PARIS, March 8 (Yonhap) -- The daughter of the late South Korean shipping tycoon blamed for 2014 ferry disaster has been ruled by a French court to be extradited to South Korea, court records showed Tuesday.

The decision on Yoo Byung-eun's eldest daughter, Som-na, came about two years after she was arrested in France in May 2014.

She is wanted on a string of corruption charges and other alleged irregularities that are believed to have contributed to the sinking of the 6,825-ton ferry off the southwestern coat, which left 304 people dead. Most of the deaths involved high school students on a field trip to Jeju Island.

Yoo Byung-eun, who owned the operator of the Sewol, Chonghaejin Marine Co., was found dead in July 2014, amid a nation-wide manhunt.

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