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    Captain of sunken S Korean ship arrested, facing several charges

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    Prosecutors in South Korea have charged the captain of a ferry which sank two days ago with more than 470 people on board.

    Lee Joonseok arrived in court late Friday night to face a prosecutors' request for his formal arrest. The charges he is facing include abandoning the ferry, not seeking rescue from other ships, and violating seaman's law. He can receive from five years to life imprisonment if convicted. Lee and most of his 28 crew managed to escape the ferry, and have been criticized for abandoning the ship when so many passengers were still on board. The ship was carrying mostly high school students on a trip to a resort island when it capsized.