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Yonhap news agency reported the captain of a ferry that capsized in April, in South Korea’s worst maritime accident in decades, told a court on Friday he was just following established practice in not making safety checks before the vessel set off. Lee Joon-seok, 68, appeared disoriented and unable to properly understand questions when he took the stand for the first time. Lee and three crew members are being tried in court for homicide, in the southwestern city of Gwangju. Lee was among 15 crew members accused of abandoning the sharply listing ferry, after telling the passengers–most of them school children on a trip to the holiday island of Jeju–to stay put in their cabins.



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