6,000 police raid religious compound to find aides of Sewol-ho ferry ownerUpdated: 2014-06-12 06:28:01 KST
Some six-thousand police ****have**** raided a religious compound in Anseong, south of Seoul to arrest two women suspected of helping the fugitive de-facto owner of the Sewol-ho ferry Yoo Byung-eun evade authorities.
They have yet to find the two women, but they did arrest other church followers suspected of playing a key role in aiding and abetting the fugitive ferry owner.
Yoo is a founding member of the Salvation Sect religious group, which is believed to have acted as the control tower for his escape.
The massive operation comes less than 24 hours after President Park Geun-hye lashed out against the joint investigation team for taking too long to find Yoo.
"The search methods should be reexamined and reviewed, so he can be arrested and judged in a court of law."
The Sewol-ho ferry owner has not been spotted in public since the tragic disaster occurred in April.
Prosecutors say he has previously attempted to smuggle himself out of the country by offering to pay brokers 10 billion won, or roughly 10 million U.S. dollars.
Hours after President Park's comments Tuesday, prosecutors held an emergency meeting with police, military and government officials and decided to have the navy watch over the coasts surrounding Korea, to prevent the fugitive from fleeing the country.
This is the first time that the navy has been called on to take part in an operation designed to prevent someone from being smuggled out of the nation.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
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