Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
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Italian cruise ship captain rebuffs indictment request

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Grosseto, February 26 - Francesco Schettino, the
captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off
Tuscany killing 32 people last year, defended his reputation
Tuesday following a request to indict him.
"It is unacceptable to speak of a crime," said Schettino,
whom judges are considering trying for multiple manslaughter.
He also faces possible charges of abandoning
his post before the evacuation of all 4,200 passengers and crew
had been completed and failing to communicate properly with the
maritime authorities.
Schettino, dubbed 'captain coward' by the Italian media, is
writing a book aimed at explaining how he allegedly averted
an even greater disaster.
"All of the reconstructions have demonstrated that if I
didn't maneuver the ship in that way it would have sunk at the
stern, pulling down thousands of people with it," he said
Tuesday.
He has apologised for being "distracted" when his
ship capsized on January 13 after hitting a rock while sailing
close to Giglio island to 'salute' local residents, stressing he
was not at the command of the ship at the time.

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