Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
GROSSETTO

Shipwrecked Concordia captain in court for hearing

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Grossetto, April 15 - The captain of the
shipwrecked cruise-liner Costa Concordia entered a preliminary
hearing for criminal proceedings in the Tuscan city of Grosetto
on Monday morning.
Grossetto prosecutors are seeking the indictment of
Francesco Schettino and five others after the cruise-liner
crashed off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012, causing
the deaths of 32 people.
Schettino is suspected of multiple manslaughter and
abandonment of his post before the evacuation of all 4,200
passengers and crew.
The current hearings are expected to run through April 24.
If convicted, the defendants are expected to appeal.
Schettino claims his actions saved more lives than were
lost and is suing to get his job back after being dismissed by
Costa Cruises.
The disaster occurred an allegedly rash manoeuvre by
Schettino resulted in the Concordia hitting a rock reef as the
ship sailed close to Giglio Island to 'salute' local people.

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