Sunken Concordia captain Schettino rents seaside villa

In Grosseto for pre-trial hearing

Sunken Concordia captain Schettino rents seaside villa

Grosseto, April 16 - The disgraced captain of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, spent a day relaxing by the sea on Tuesday pending the resumption of preliminary hearings for criminal proceedings against him. Schettino rented a villa for himself and his lawyers after deciding to remain in the Tuscan coastal town of Grosseto to follow the pre-trial session that resumes on Wednesday. The ex-captain is suspected of multiple manslaughter and abandonment of his post before the evacuation of all 4,200 passengers and crew after the cruise ship hit a rock formation off the small Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012, killing 32. 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, which is seeking to be named as a civil plaintiff along with nearly 200 others in the criminal proceedings.

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