Court rules Captain Schettino of Costa Concordia won't be freed

Posted Apr 12, 2012 by Marcus Hondro
The disgraced captain of the Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, must continue his life while under house arrest, the country's Supreme court ruled on April 11, 2012.
Workers on the Island of Giglio stand with the doomed Costa Concordia in the background.
Workers on the Island of Giglio stand with the doomed Costa Concordia in the background.
Photo courtesy EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
Schettino is up on charges of manslaughter, of causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all passengers were evacuated. His lawyers argued for the lifting of his house arrest during the court proceedings, while prosecution lawyers argued Schettino should go to prison to await the completion of the official investigation and the formal laying of charges. The court has ruled to keep the status quo.
Captain Schettino under house arrest near Naples
There'll be no trial until officials complete their investigation of the events of Jan. 13 when the ship sunk after Schettino took it too close to the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay. The tragedy is thought to have taken the lives of 32 of the 4200 passengers and crew onboard; 30 bodies have been recovered. Schettino has become one of Italy's greatest villains and has been insulted in newspapers in that country and around the world.
All the oil from the 17 tanks on the Costa Concordia has been safely removed and Smit Salvage, a Dutch company, is continuing their work by cleaning up debris from the ocean floor. The owner of the ship, Costa Cruises, intends to have it removed, either after being broken up or after being refloated.
While some of Schettino's officers from the Costa Concordia are also being investigated, he is the only one to have been arrested. He was placed under house arrest in his home near Naples shortly after the tragedy occurred.