Hungarian appeal court confirms 2nd-time detention of Viking cruise ship captain

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-10 00:23:32|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BUDAPEST, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- A Hungarian appeal court has confirmed the second-time detention of the captain of the Viking Sigyn cruise ship, official sources said here on Friday.

The Viking Sign cruise ship collided with a Hungarian sightseeing boat in central Budapest on May 29, killing 28 South Korean tourists.

"As a court of appeal, the Metropolitan Tribunal upheld the arrest order of the Buda district court, against the Ukrainian citizen for one month," the court said in a statement obtained by Xinhua.

On July 30, Hungarian police confirmed that the Ukrainian captain of the Viking Sigyn cruise ship had been taken into custody again and was being interrogated on suspicion of abandoning the passengers and crew of the Hableany (Mermaid) tourist boat following the crash.

In June, the 64-year-old Ukrainian captain was taken into custody on suspicion of criminal misconduct, but was later released on a bail of 15 million forints (51,750 U.S. dollars). The municipal court ruling granting the captain's release also obliged him to remain in Budapest.

The captain's return to custody came after a resolution by Hungary's supreme court at the end of July, saying that the decision by lower courts to release him on bail had been unlawful.

The prosecutor stressed the risk of evidence tampering, underlining that the captain deleted data from his mobile phone after the collision.

The defense rejected the prosecutor's arguments, saying that the captain's place of residence was in fact known to the authorities and that he had not deleted any data from his phone.

His appeal has been now rejected.

Of the 35 people on board during the accident, only seven survived, 28 died but only 27 bodies were recovered, one body is still missing.

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