Capt. of Italian shipwreck hears evidence in court
GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The former captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has come to an Italian court to hear the evidence against him, while passengers who survived the Jan. 13 collision in which 32 died have come to look him in the eye.
Francesco Schettino used a back entrance Monday to slip into a theater that is serving as a courtroom. More than 1,000 survivors, victims' relatives and their lawyers are attending a closed-door hearing to discuss the evidence against him and eight other defendants.
Wearing dark glasses, Schettino made no comments as he arrived. Hearings this week will help decide whether a judge will order trial for Schettino, who is charged with manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship while passengers and crew were still aboard. He denies the charges.