SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- A military investigation team looking into a now-disbanded security unit's alleged misdeeds indicted a two-star Army general Friday for allegedly monitoring the families of the victims of a 2014 ferry disaster.

Maj. Gen. So Gang-won, the former chief of staff at the Defense Security Command (DSC) and currently the deputy commander of the First ROK Army, faces a trial on charges including abuse of power. ROK is South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea.

So is purported to have directed DSC operatives to monitor the families of the deceased victims in the sinking of the Sewol ferry, when the then conservative government was trying to cope with public criticism of its ineptitude in crisis management.

Launched in July, the defense ministry's probe team has been investigating a series of allegations surrounding the DSC, including its creation of a document on the imposition of martial law to quell anti-government protests last year.

Source: Yonhap News Agency