Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol, arrives at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Hyung Min-woo)
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Fifteen crew of a South Korean ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people, mostly children, went on trial Tuesday on charges ranging from negligence to homicide, with the shout going up of "murderer" as the captain entered the packed court.Captain Lee Joon-seok, 68, and three senior crew were charged with homicide, facing a maximum sentence of death. A family member spoke on behalf of others at the start of the hearing, imploring the defendants to tell the truth.One child was caught on video, recovered later, staring death in the face, the prosecutor said.A Gwangju judge who handles media affairs, Hahn Jee-hyung, said the defendants were unlikely to get a full and concerted defence in the highly publicised case.One lawyer, appearing for the one of the crew in hearings held behind closed doors to decide the validity of arrest warrants, confessed to being torn between professional obligation and the resignation that lawyers could not make any difference amid a nationwide witch hunt.
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