01/10/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

South Korean Oil Spill Captain Jailed

A court Wednesday jailed the Indian captain and chief officer of a Hong Kong supertanker after ruling they were partly to blame for South Korea's worst oil spill.

The appeal court, overturning a lower court ruling, found the Hebei Spirit's top officers failed to take prompt action to reduce the spillage on December 7 last year which fouled miles of beaches.

Captain Jasprit Chawla was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined 20 million won (14,000 dollars) while chief officer Syam Chetan was sentenced to eight months and fined 10 million won, court officials told AFP.

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