Grossetto

Schettino not ashamed 'to show his face', lawyer says

Sunken cruise ship captain appears for another hearing

Schettino not ashamed 'to show his face', lawyer says

Grossetto, April 17 - Francesco Schettino, captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise-liner, appeared again in court for a hearing on Wednesday, in part to show he does not feel he has anything to be ashamed of, his lawyer said. ''I'm in Grossetto because I want to show my face,'' Schettino said, according to his defense lawyer Francesco Pepe. Preliminary hearings that began on Monday continued on Wednesday for criminal proceedings against Schettino and five others in the Tuscan town of Grossetto. In January 2012, Schettino commanded a cruise ship that hit a rocks off the Tuscan coast and subsided, killing 32. Schettino is suspected of multiple manslaughter and abandonment of his post before the evacuation of all 4,200 passengers and crew. The disaster occurred after an allegedly rash maneuver by Schettino resulted in the Concordia hitting the rock as the ship sailed close to Giglio Island to ''salute'' local people. On Monday Schettino's defense lawyers claimed he was a ''scapegoat'' who ''suffered a work accident''.

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