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Cruise ship captain appears at wrongful dismissal hearing

Schettino objecting to termination after fatal sinking

Cruise ship captain appears at wrongful dismissal hearing

Genoa, January 3 - Francesco Schettino, the captain at the helm of a ship that sank and killed 32 people one year ago, appeared at a hearing in Genoa Thursday over the cruise line's decision to fire him. The hearing, which was adjourned until January 9, is to decide the legitimacy of how Italy's Costa Crociere dismissed Schettino last July. The cruise company fired him after the January 13 disaster, when his Concordia cruise ship capsized and sank off the island of Giglio. Schettino's lawyer argues the dismissal process used by the company was not legitimate. Schettino, who is facing a possible indictment for multiple manslaughter, reportedly did not speak at the hearing and left the court without comment. He has previously said that he expected an apology from all those who called him "captain coward" for abandoning ship. A decision is expected on January 30.

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