Tuscan, Italy - The Captain of the Costa Concordia Francesco Schettino, 51, made his first court appearance today to answer to the charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while passengers and crew were still aboard. He has claimed he is innocent of of all charges.
The hearing today was for the Judge to decide if they will go to trial to answer to the charges, and none have been officially laid until the Judge determines if they can go ahead.
It all started back in January 13, 2012 when Schettino allegedly ordered the ship to make a ‘sail pass’ close to the shore of Tuscan island of Giglio off the coast of Italy and caused the ship to run aground and capsize and 32 people died as he made this unscheduled course adjustment to impress his friends with a ‘salute.’
The cruise line which had a total of 4200 including crew and passengers is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines in Miami, Florida.
The turnout was so large at court today it had to be moved to a Theatre in central Italian town of Grosseto. Many of the survivors were on hand to look the ‘coward in his face.’
The Costa Concordia remains on its side with the puncture in the ship and attempts to get it moved are still underway by salvage teams.
To read more about my take on the Concordia disaster CLICK HERE.
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