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Three year sentence sought for ferry captain JAKARTA - Prosecutors in Indonesia want three years in jail for the captain of the ferry that sank off the coast of northern Java last years, an accident in which over 300 people died. State prosecutors said that Wiratno Cendanawasih, 53, who was captain at the ill-fated Senopati Nusantara at the time of the accident, was guilty of negligence leading to the deaths.

The prosecutors said that as captain, Cendanawasih had ordered the ship to change course twice from its planned route due to heavy seas, with the second decision resulting in the deaths. The ship carried over 600 passengers and crew when it sank. About 250 survivors and some bodies were found, with some survivors rescued only after they had drifted hundreds of kilometers from where the ship sank. Over 300 people were never found.

The exact location of the wreck of the ferry is still unknown and the search for it is hampered by sea mines and shipwrecks from World War II. Cendanawasih, who underwent medical treatment for depression after he was rescued by a navy ship on January 3, was reported not to have made any statement. The trial resumes next week to hear the defense plea.


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