Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
GROSSETO

Ex-captain of Concordia cruise ship Schettino indicted

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Grosseto, May 22 - A preliminary hearings judge in
the Tuscan city of Grosseto on Wednesday sent Francesco
Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, to trial over the
2012 cruise ship disaster that cost 32 people their lives.
Schettino will be tried for dereliction of duty and
multiple manslaughter starting July 9.
The former cruise ship captain was manning the Costa
Concordia when it hit a rock on January 13, 2012, before
partially capsizing off the island of Giglio.
Last Friday, Schettino told a court that his actions saved
the lives of more than 4,000 people and requested a new
investigation.
"My years of experience surely led to the evacuation of
over 4,000 people. Thus is wasn't the hand of the good Lord or a
miracle," said Francesco Schettino.
Dubbed "Captain Coward" by the media for allegedly
abandoning ship without overseeing the evacuation, Schettino
claims his image and actions have been distorted by
investigators and called on judges for a new probe.
Prosecutors are reportedly seeking a sentence of up to 20
years in prison for Schettino, who is expected to appeal if
found guilty.
Schettino's defense lawyers claim he is a "scapegoat" who
"suffered a work accident".
The Costa Concordia accident is considered Italy's worst
maritime disaster since the Second World War.

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