News Channel 7 Investigates "Captain of Controversy" Francesco Schettino - Coward or Scapegoat?

Miami news station WSVN - 7 aired an interesting interview with Francesco Schettino last night and asked: Is he a coward who caused 32 people to die the night his ship the Costa Concordia capsized? Or is he is a professional who did all that he could to avert disaster due to mistakes by his crew? 

An Italian judge is in the process of considering evidence whether criminal charges should be filed against him and other Costa employees. 

Schettino blames his bridge team for navigating off-course towards the island and then failing to properly conduct the course change he ordered. He calls the incident an accident and questions why the prosecutors are trying to turn the incident into a crime.

The helmsman, from Indonesia, left the jurisdiction and will not return to Italy for trial if one is ordered.

Channel 7's investigation does not address the events which followed the cruise ship striking the rocks.


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Tim - April 19, 2013 2:47 PM

It's an interesting case the world will be watching for sure. The question is if Schettino will actually get a fair trial though. Outside of this, if you look at the Amanda Knox case, it just seems that when Italian prosecutors are bent on getting a conviction they'll keep trying for one and I would believe they really want one in this case.

Renate Fiedler - June 11, 2013 1:26 PM

It has come to my notice that in maritime incidents it is thought to blame the captain entirely for when things go wrong. I quote from an article published by the International centre for advancing the legal protection of seafarers: "Seafarers are at risk of being criminalised with impunity because they are easy targets". The article goes on to list other examples outside that of Mr Schettino where captains and masters were found to have committed criminal offences. Mr. Schettino should not wonder why the Italian jurisdiction follows this course but how he can enlist the best possible defence and use his plight to go against today's rush to judement and condemnation in a culture which assumes guilt "before any proof of wrongdoing has been established" (quote Seafarers Right International).
For this I wish Mr Schettino, his family and his lawyers all the luck they can get.

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