Cruise liner captain placed under house arrest: lawyer

ROME Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:04pm EST

Captain Francesco Schettino (C) of cruise ship Costa Concordia is escorted back to a prison by police officers at Grosseto, after being questioned by magistrates January 17, 2012.  REUTERS/REUTERS/ANSA REUTERS/ANSA

Captain Francesco Schettino (C) of cruise ship Costa Concordia is escorted back to a prison by police officers at Grosseto, after being questioned by magistrates January 17, 2012.

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ROME (Reuters) - An Italian judge has placed the captain of the stricken cruise liner which capsized off Italy's west coast under house arrest, allowing him to leave jail, his lawyer Bruno Leporatti told Reuters on Tuesday.

Captain Francesco Schettino was arrested a day after the disaster accused of manslaughter and abandoning the ship before all of the people were evacuated. Prosecutors say he also refused to go back on board when requested by the coastguard.

(Reporting By Silvia Ognibene, writing by Catherine Hornby)

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Comments (3)
j-lpryor wrote:
The undesirable Captain needs to be in jail !! Not on his worthless word to stray in the house !!!!!

Jan 17, 2012 3:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
shimloom wrote:
This guy is in now way a real man. To leave his post and flee for his own safety when he is responsible for hundreds of lives, should be shot or drowned.

Jan 17, 2012 7:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
garyss wrote:
What most non-Italians don’t understand, that the judicial system in Italy, which is Roman Law WAS an incredible system of law that took centuries to develop, but that was yesterday. The system is so corrupt, that it takes years to get anything settled in a court of law. Generally, they have a more humane set of laws, but this has become a Kangaroo system of so called justice. I agree with those who know damn well this coward most likely broke (as I understand it)Admiralty law and deserves at the least to be thrown into the brig. This so called Captain shows a YELLOW TAN STREAK not a Suntan. The Law of the Sea and other means will usually take care of people like this, but he is in Italy. This so-called Captain of this ship by any sense of word should have been the last to leave or sink with the ship!

Jan 17, 2012 7:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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