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Court explains Concordia captain Schettino's 16-yr sentence


Grosseto, July 13 - A Grosseto court on Monday
released its report detailing the reasons for sentencing former
captain Francesco Schettino to 16 years in prison for his role
in the January 2012 Costa Concordia disaster off the Tuscan
island of Giglio, in which 32 people died.
The court said Schettino knew people were still aboard the
Costa Concordia when he boarded a life boat and abandoned the
ship, adding that he did this "to save himself with the precise
intention of not getting back on the ship".
In the report, judges said the situation when Schettino
abandoned the Concordia was such as "to make it impossible or
difficult" for the passengers still aboard to "find safety".
"The 32 deaths of the people on board the Concordia
wouldn't have happened if (Schettino) had managed the emergency
with expertise and diligence," the report said, and if he had
adhered to "dutiful" regulations for a situation of that kind.
During the emergency, Schettino received a call from
Italian Coast Guard Commander Gregorio De Falco, who in the
aftermath of the disaster was hailed as a "hero" for ordering
Schettino to return to the sinking Concordia.
In the report, the Grosseto court said that during the
conversation, Schettino was "improvising, recounting a movie
that was playing only in his imagination," and the judges
compared Schettino to an improvisational actor.
"Those lies are offensive towards the hundreds of people
who were trapped," said the report, adding that they were even
more so towards "those who didn't make it".

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