Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

'Fortuitous motives' forced Schettino to leave Costa wreck


(ANSA) - Grosseto, October 19 - Fortuitous motives forced
Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino to leave the sinking
cruiseliner before all passengers had been evacuated, a lawyer
representing the disgraced seaman told a preliminary court
hearing on Friday.
The court is assessing whether to indict Schettino and a
number of others on criminal charges related to the cruiser that
ran aground after hitting rocks near the Tuscan island of Giglio
in January, killing 32.
Schettino - dubbed by the media as 'captain coward' - could
face trial for abandoning his post before the evacuation of all
4,200 passengers and crew had been completed, as well as for
multiple manslaughter and failing to communicate properly with
maritime authorities at the time of the accident.
Speaking to journalists outside the closed-door court
hearing another lawyer acting on behalf of the former captain
denied trying to unload responsibility onto other people, saying
however that the defence team felt obliged "to point out the
failings in the ship".
On Thursday the legal representative of the parent company
Costa Crociere dismissed as "less serious than others"
statements made by Schettino that appeared to put the blame on
his subordinates.
Meanwhile a new technical report presented by the
prosecution reportedly confirmed that Schettino lost control of
the ship immediately after hitting rocks and made clear his
responsibility in ordering the manouvre that led to the

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