Search on for missing Concordia helmsman
Indonesian Rusli Bin can 'help establish truth', says Schettino11 March, 15:37
Prosecutors have involved the Italian embassy in Jakarta, the international police organisation Interpol and the former helmsman's lawyer in the search and are confident Rusli Bin will be found in time for the next court hearing, scheduled for April.
"A man can't just disappear like that," said former captain Schettino, who was in command of the cruise liner when it hit rocks and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012, killing 32.
"He must have an identity, a credit card, he must be somewhere. The helmsman Jacob Rusli Bin can also help us establish the truth of what happened," he continued. Dubbed "captain coward" by the media for allegedly abandoning ship without overseeing the evacuation, Schettino is currently on trial in Grosseto on charges of multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty.
However, he has blamed Rusli Bin for failing to follow his orders correctly, allegedly causing the ship to crash into rocks following a risky 'salute' manoeuvre.
Schettino's five co-defendants, including Rusli Bin, received minor sentences after a plea-bargain last summer.