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Jan 21, 2020

Ukrainian captain of cruise ship disaster placed under house arrest

Ferenc Rab said the court’s ruling went against the prosecution’s position and the prosecutor’s office has “exhausted all its procedural options for the time being”.

The Ukrainian captain of a cruise ship which collided with a sightseeing boat in Budapest last spring has been released from custody by a Budapest court and placed under house arrest.

Spokesman for the municipal chief prosecutor’s office, Ferenc Rab said the court’s ruling went against the prosecution’s position and the prosecutor’s office has “exhausted all its procedural options for the time being”.

On May 29 last year, the Viking Sigyn cruise ship collided with the Hableány sightseeing boat with 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew on board. Seven tourists were rescued from the water after the collision and the rest died.

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