French Court Deports Ferry Owner Daughter to Korea

kpride, Jan. 9, 2015, 11:02 a.m.

A French court has decided to deport the eldest daughter of Yoo Byung-eon, the dead owner of the ferry that sank on April 16 last year killing hundreds.  But it will take some time before Yoo Sum-na (49) can actually be handed over to Korean authorities.

A French court of appeals made the decision on Wednesday after concluding that Yoo would get a fair trial in Korea. Yoo headed a design affiliate of her late father's sprawling business empire and is suspected of embezzling W49.2 billion (US$1=W1,097) from the company through fake consulting fees.

In France, the extradition process is handled by two different courts that consecutively review such cases. Yoo Sum-na, who claims to be a victim of a witch hunt over the ferry disaster, is highly likely to appeal.  And even if the next court upholds the ruling, she can appeal again. A Justice Ministry official here said, "We are trying, but she may not be handed over this year."  Some legal experts say it could take years before she is deported. 

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