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Main opposition party leadership under fire for agreeing special bill on Sewol-ho ferry sinking

Updated: 2014-08-09 18:15:22 (KST)
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South Korea's main opposition party is coming under fire for agreeing to a compromise version of a special bill aimed at probing into April's Sewol-ho ferry sinking.
Sources within the New Politics Alliance for Democracy told Korea's Yonhap News Agency on Saturday that the families of the more than 3-hundred victims are furious with the party's interim leadership for agreeing with the ruling Saenuri Party on a bill which they say falls far short of their demands.
The special bill aims to create a seventeen-member independent inquiry panel to identify why the Sewol-ho sank and why follow-up rescue operations failed so badly.
The families wanted this panel to have the right to prosecute, but the compromise version of the bill failed to grant the panel special legal powers.
The families say they won't be able to trust the results of the investigation and have vowed to continue protesting.


Reporter : markbroome@arirang.co.kr

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