Police Storm Ferry Owner’s Cult Compoun

kpopluv, June 12, 2014, 8:08 a.m.

Thousands of South Korean police forced their way into the compound of a splinter religious group on Wednesday in their search for a fugitive businessman wanted in connection with April's ferry disaster.  Live television reports showed police officers, many in full riot gear, streaming into the sprawling church and farming complex at around 8:00am local time in Anseong, 50 miles south of Seoul.

A spokesman for the Gyeonggi province police force said 6,000 officers were involved in the raid.  The huge operation came a day after President Park Geun-Hye urged police and prosecutors to step up a manhunt for Yoo Byung-Eun, 72, a leading member of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Korea.

Mr Yoo is the patriarch of the family behind the Chonghaejin Marine Co. – the company that owned and operated the 6,825-tonne Sewol passenger ferry which sank on April 16 with the loss of 300 lives, most of them schoolchildren.

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