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Prosecution Gains Custody of Yoo Byung-eon's Eldest Daughter

15:29 June 07, 2017 replay time01:35

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[Anchor]

Yoo Sum-na, the eldest daughter of the deceased Yoo Byung-eon, who was the de facto owner of the Sewol Ferry and former president of Semo Group, was arrested by the Korean prosecution at the airport in Paris, France.

A lawsuit regarding the money spent after the Sewol incident, a recourse amount of 180 billion won, is to gather momentum as well.

Lee So-young has more.

[Reporter]

Yoo Sum-na, the eldest daughter of the deceased Yoo Byung-eon, who was the de facto owner of the Sewol Ferry and former president of Semo Group, will arrive in Korea via Incheon Airport.

It has been three years since she was arrested in Paris, France, in 2014 by the local police.

First, Sum-na will be investigated on allegations that she received money under the pretext of consulting fees from DAPANDA, an affiliate of the design firm that she runs, and thus embezzling a total of 49 billion won.

The prosecution is also reviewing plans to create a separate investigation team to look into additional allegations.

It appears that when Sum-na returns, not only will there be an investigation on corruption, but the recourse money lawsuit on the Yoo family filed by the government on account of the Sewol tragedy will also pick up momentum.

In 2015, the government filed a lawsuit against Sum-na and Hyuk-gi demanding that they pay a sum of 180 billion won to pay for part of the money spent on rescue, searches and recovery.

But as they did not return from abroad, the work on judging the extent to which the Yoo family should be held accountable was slow in moving forward.

A person in connection with the Ministry of Justice revealed that with Sum-na's return to Korea, the calculation of the amount of compensation and the clarification of responsibility will pick up speed.

Lee So-young reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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