Shipwrecked Concordia captain in court for hearing

Schettino accused of multiple manslaughter

Shipwrecked Concordia captain in court for hearing

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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