8 Feb 2012

Liner captain still under house arrest

1:48 pm on 8 February 2012

An Italian court has ruled that Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino must remain under house arrest.

Seventeen bodies have been recovered since the cruise liner ran aground and capsized off the island of Giglio on 13 January. Fifteen people are still unaccounted for.

Captain Schettino is accused of manslaughter and abandoning the ship before all the 4200 passengers and crew were evacuated.

After admitting to prosecutors he sailed too close to the island, he was released from prison and placed under house arrest on 17 January.