South Korea calls for indictment over deadly crowding

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A South Korean panel referred 24 officials to prosecutors over allegations of professional negligence leading to death last October in a Seoul entertainment district that killed 158 people.

A special police investigation panel said in a report released Friday that officials from the police, the local district bureau, the fire department and the Seoul metro government failed to fulfill their responsibilities to prevent a man-made disaster, one of the deadliest civilian incidents. in the country in its post-war history.

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Six of the officials pointed to the most serious allegations, including the former police chief in Seoul’s Yongsan district, where the incident took place, and the head of the district office, have been arrested. Another 17 were charged without detention, with one of the charged officials having died of an apparent suicide.