The Hungarian prosecutor’s office is asking for a 9-year imprisonment for the captain of the Viking cruise ship, which in May this year collided with a pleasure boat in the center of Budapest. Euronews reports.
The captain, a citizen of Ukraine, is charged under articles on violation of the rules of navigation, as well as on leaving in danger. The punishment in the form of nine years in prison, according to the prosecutor's office, should be imposed on him in the event of full admission of guilt and consent to a special - expedited - court procedure.
Now the accused is under house arrest. According to attorney Gabor Elo, during the interrogations, he insisted that he did not violate anything.
On May 29, near the Margaret Bridge in Budapest, the Viking Sigyn rammed the Hableány pleasure boat. This accident is called the largest on the Danube since the middle of the last century. Its victims were 28 people, most of them are tourists from South Korea.
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