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Monday 28 July 2014

Korea ferry tycoon's daughter held

Published 27/05/2014|16:12

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South Korea is still hunting for Yoo Byung-eun who prosecutors say owned the ill-fated Sewol ferry (AP)

The daughter of a South Korean tycoon who is believed to be the owner of a ferry that sank last month, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing, has been arrested in France, police said.

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Yoo Somena was detained at her home near the Champs-Elysees in Paris, officials said.

French officers were acting on an international arrest warrant issued on May 8 by South Korean officials on suspicion that she was involved in embezzlement from 2004 to 2013.

Yoo, 47, is the daughter of Yoo Byung-eun, a mysterious billionaire whom South Korean authorities believe to be the owner of the Sewol ferry that sank on April 16.

French officials said South Korean authorities had requested that she be placed under judicial watch. She will appear before judicial authorities later.

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