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Daughter of late S. Korean businessman blamed for Sewol disaster arrested

All News 05:09 June 07, 2017

PARIS/INCHEON, June 7 (Yonhap) -- The daughter of a late businessman blamed for the 2004 Sewol ferry disaster has been arrested, as France extradited her three years after she fled to avoid arrest on embezzlement charges, officials said Wednesday.

French police took Yoo Sum-na, a daughter of Yoo Byung-eun, into custody at her home near the Champs-Elysees in Paris and escorted her aboard a Korean Airlines flight to Seoul. South Korean prosecution officials took over her custody on the plane, officials said.

She is the first extradition case since the extradition treaty between the two countries took effect in 2008.

The 6,800-ton ferry sank off the country's southwestern coast on April 16, 2014, killing more than 300 passengers, mostly high school students. The 51-year-old Yoo is accused of embezzling 49.2 billion won (US$43.8 million) from a company related to Cheonghaejin Marine Co. that operated the ill-fated ferry.

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