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Indonesian helmsman refuses to show up at Italian court

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 30 2013   /  05:07 pm

An Indonesian seafarer working as the helmsman of the ill-fated cruise ship Costa Concordia, which sank off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, in 2012, has refused to show up at an Italian court.

Rusli bin Jakub claimed he was undergoing medical treatment at Omni International Hospital in East Jakarta for shock, depression and trauma caused by the accident.

“I decided not to show up at the Grecetho District Court in Italy after consulting with my doctor at the hospital and the KPI [Indonesian Seafarers’ Association],” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

He admitted to receiving a summons from the district court through Interpol and the Italian Embassy in Jakarta, requesting that he travel to Italy to testify before the court.

At least 32 people were killed and many others were seriously injured when the giant vessel capsized after hitti...