The Budapest municipal court has ordered the Ukrainian captain of the cruise ship which collided with a sightseeing boat in central Budapest earlier this week to be remanded in custody for the duration of one month.
The sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Koreans and two Hungarian crew capsized and sank on Wednesday evening. Seven passengers have been confirmed dead, while 21 people are still missing, police said.
The court ruled, however, that payment of bail set at 15 million forints (EUR 46,000) would allow the suspect to wear a tracking device and remain under police supervision in Budapest. The 64-year-old captain of the Viking Sigyn cruise ship was questioned under suspicion of causing the disaster and detained late on Thursday. A Budapest municipal court said in a statement on Saturday afternoon that the prosecutor had submitted an appeal against the bail request. If bail is approved and the suspect posts it, then he will have to wear a tracking device and must not leave Budapest. The suspected crime carries a prison sentence of 2-8 years. “An investigation is still under way,” the statement said.
The captain’s lawyer said on Friday that the suspect had submitted a complaint against the charge and denied any violation of the regulations or of committing a crime.