January 17, 2012 / 7:19 PM / 8 years ago

Cruise liner captain placed under house arrest: lawyer

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

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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