A family member of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol cries after a pretrial hearing of crew members of the ferry at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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Fifteen crew of a South Korean ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people, most of them children, went on trial on Tuesday on charges ranging from negligence to homicide, with the shout going up of "murderer" as the captain entered the court.A family member spoke on behalf of others at the start of the hearing, imploring the defendants to tell the truth.The court suspended the hearing and set the next court appearance for next Tuesday.About 20 relatives stood outside the court waiting for the defendants' bus to appear. "They were appointed by the court, so we hope there is no criticism of them," Hahn told reporters before the hearing.A panel of three judges presided over the first day of the trial, as the state called for justice to be served and the seven defence lawyers presented their case. The captain and one senior crew member had written to the court pleading leniency, court documents show, but details were not available. A lawyer appearing for the one of the crew in hearings held earlier behind closed doors confessed to being torn between professional obligation and the resignation that lawyers could not make any difference amid a nationwide witch hunt.
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