South Korea jails former DSME, Hanjin Shipping top brass

The Seoul Central District Court

By Jite Eriabie 

South Korea is clamping down on behind the scene maneuvering of former maritime executives who were at the helm of major shipbuilding and shipping businesses.

The Seoul Central District Court has sentenced former CEO of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Nam Sang-tae to six years in prison as he was found guilty of accounting fraud, embezzlement, breach of duty and bribery.

Nam Sang-tae served as the company’s CEO between 2006 and 2012, and his wrongdoings are believed to have contributed to DSME’s financial troubles during the industry slowdown. The court also fined him with USD 806,000 million.

In a separate ruling on Thursday, the Seoul court sentenced a former chairwoman of the defunct Hanjin Shipping, Choi Eun-young, to 18 months in prison, for insider trading.

Eun-young was found guilty of selling off her family-stake in the shipping company days before it declared a court-led debt restructuring plan. She was also fined with USD 1.09 million.

By selling the stake, her family avoided losses of up to KRW 1 billion. 



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