Genoa - The two Ukrainian sailors who were accused of killing Yuri Kharytonov, the captain of the MSC Giannina, have been released. Kharytonov disappeared during the ship’s crossing from Gioia Tauro to Genoa on the night of October 20th. After the negative results of the forensic tests, and further wiretaps on board the ship, Preliminary Investigations Judge Nadia Magrini stated that “the conditions of the pre-trial detention no longer apply” - their detention essentially being justified by the possibility of evidence tampering.
Dmytro Savinykh and Oleksandr Maltsev have been in jail since November, after the police arrested them because of a series of wiretaps that investigators believed were self-incriminating. It was a very difficult investigation for the mobile unit, limited by poor cooperation from a foreign crew, with wiretaps translated from Russian, without the victim’s body, and with very little evidence from which to start the investigation, with the result that the two sailors will face a trial based on circumstantial evidence