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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Church raid in ferry tycoon search

Published 11/06/2014 | 07:47

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Family members of passengers who died on the sunken ferry Sewol outside a pre-trial hearing for crew members (AP)

Thousands of police officers have stormed a South Korean church compound in their hunt for a fugitive billionaire businessman over April's ferry sinking that left more than 300 people dead or missing.

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Authorities believe Yoo Byung-eun owns the ship and that his alleged corruption might have contributed to its sinking. Authorities have been after Yoo for weeks and are offering a £300,000 reward for tips about him.

Yoo is a member of a church group called the Evangelical Baptist Church, which critics say is a cult.

Police say officers detained four church members for allegedly providing shelter for Yoo or helping him flee during their raid on the sprawling church compound outside Seoul. Another church member was detained for allegedly trying to obstruct the raid.

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