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23 officers face charges after drama in Seoul

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23 officers face charges after deadly mass panic in Seoul

Two and a half months ago, a stampede during Halloween celebrations in Seoul killed 160 people — now nearly two dozen officers face involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

Son Je Han, head of a special police investigation team, presents the results of the months-long investigation into the Seoul tragedy. Photo: Kim In-Chul/Yonhap via AP/dpa

The case had been handed over to the public prosecutor for further investigation, a special team of the South Korean police said on Friday after weeks of investigations. A lack of safety precautions and other omissions contributed to the high number of victims.

“A misjudgment of the situation, a delayed forwarding of information, a lack of cooperation between the responsible authorities and delayed rescue measures came together,” said team leader Son Je Han in Seoul. This led to the many deaths of the “man-made catastrophe”.

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