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Costa Concordia captain appears in court

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Costa Concordia captain appears in court


The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has appeared at a pre-trial court hearing in Italy.

Francesco Schettino told judges that he acted on company orders when he sailed past the rocky coastline of Gigilio Island, Tuscany.

The turn went horribly wrong and the ship ran aground, leaving 32 people dead.

These pre-trial hearings will aim to clear up who gave the instructions to turn, with Schettino and the ship’s operators both blaming each other.

If the captain is found to be at fault, then he will be charged with manslaughter and abandoning ship.

A full trial would start next year.

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