20 June 2014
Last updated at 06:14
Chonghaejin Marine Chief Kim Han-sik is seen being escorted by helpers in Incheon, South Korea
The head of the company that operated the sunken South Korean passenger ferry is due to appear in court later.
Chonghaejin Marine’s chief Kim Han-sik, 73, and four employees are charged with negligence over claims that the company routinely overloaded the ferry.
A separate trial of the captain and 14 other crew members started last week. They face various charges related to their failure to help passengers.
At least 292 people, mostly school students, died in the ferry tragedy.
The ferry disaster has caused an outpouring of public anger in South Korea and there have been calls for severe punishment for the crew.
The case has received feverish media coverage, with commentators suggesting the defendants will struggle to get a fair trial.
Navy divers have been searching the sunken ferry for bodies since April
Meanwhile, diving teams are still trying to find 12 people still regarded as missing from the ferry.
The latest underwater search failed to find new bodies from the sunken vessel.
Separately, Choo Kyo-Young, head teacher at the school many of the students attended, has been suspended “in connection with the disaster”.
No further explanation was given.
The school’s deputy head teacher, who was rescued from the ferry, killed himself after the disaster.
Some parents had initially criticised the school for going ahead with the trip despite poor weather conditions.
The trial of the Sewol ferry crew started last week
South Korea is still in mourning over the passenger ferry sinking