Milan-Italian judge ruled late Saturday that three men could be detained in a cable car crash that killed 14 people in northern Italy, one of whom could be under house arrest. Was given.
In a crash a week ago, a gondola on the cableway connecting Lake Maggiore’s resort Stresa to a nearby mountain crashed, killing all but a five-year-old Israeli boy in the hospital.
Police arrested three men on Wednesday after prosecutors in the city of Belbania launched an investigation on manslaughter and manslaughter charges.
Judge Donatella Bunch Buonamichi ruled on Saturday that there was no reason to detain them in prison because they could not escape and there was no risk of tampering with the evidence.
The prosecution claims that the owner, employee, and maintenance engineer of the cable car company were aware of a technical problem with the lift. According to the prosecution, the three people intentionally attached a fork-shaped clamp to the emergency brake so that the emergency brake would not operate at all times.
According to official records of an interview quoted by Corriere della Serra on Sunday, Gabriele Tadini told the prosecutor, “I am aware of the mistake I left with the clamps on.”
Tadini was in charge of operating the lift on May 23, just hours before the crash.
Tadini was placed under house arrest. His lawyer, Marcello Perilo, told Reuters that he had not demanded his release after Tadini’s hospitalization.
“We can’t deny the clasp problem. He has to face the consequences,” Perilo said, and it’s not yet established how well the other two were informed about Tadini’s actions. Added.
“At this point, there is no evidence that they are also responsible. They are people they should know, but it is not clear if they knew.”
Verbania’s chief prosecutor, Olimpia Bossi, told reporters that Luigi Nerini, the owner of the lift operator, and Enrico Perocchio, the engineer responsible for maintenance and safety, were aware of the situation. Said.
“In any case, the investigation is ongoing, but we still don’t know why the cable broke in the first place,” Bossi said.
Perocchio, who left Verbania prison on Saturday night, told reporters he didn’t know he was on the brakes that would have prevented the gondola from crashing when the cable broke.
“We have 21 years of experience with cable lifts, which is something you never do,” Perocchio said.
Nerini’s lawyer, Pasquale Pantano, told reporters Saturday night that the release was welcome news, but the main thing was to find out who was responsible for the disaster. ..
By Valentina Za, Stephen Jewkes, Angelo Amante