05 Feb '12, 11pm

Italy court to rule on ship wreck captain

Italy court to rule on ship wreck captain

An Italian court is expected to rule on Monday on whether the captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, will remain under house arrest or be released. -- PHOTO: AP ROME (AFP) - An Italian court is expected to rule on Monday on whether the captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, will remain under house arrest or be released. Schettino, who faces charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship in the Jan 13 disaster which cost 32 lives, was taken into police custody the day after the shipwreck. He was released into house arrest at his home in Meta di Sorrento, near Naples, despite prosecutors' claims he posed an escape risk and could tamper with evidence. A Florence court will hear on Monday from prosecutors who want the 52-year-old returned to prison to await trial. The captain's lawyers will argue that he should be freed.

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