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Italy: Pre-trial hearing into Costa Concordia disaster

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Italy: Pre-trial hearing into Costa Concordia disaster


In Italy, all eyes are on a theatre in Tuscany where a preliminary hearing is taking place into the deadly capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

The building is being used because it can hold more than 1,000 people.

The man accused of causing the tragedy, Captain Francesco Schettino, is not among them. He remains under house arrest at home near Naples.

However relatives of some of the 32 dead or missing are attending.

Brigitte Litzler from France has no news of her 23-year-old daughter Mylene. She says Schettino’s presence would have stirred up more rage for victims’ families.

Asked if she had confidence in Italy’s judicial system, she was scathing, saying: “When I see what they are capable of, I have no confidence at all.”

It is claimed Captain Schettino sailed the ship too close to the Mediterranean island of Giglio where it hit rocks in January. He denies accusations including manslaughter and abandoning ship.

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