London, May 17: The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, was ‘unfit’ to command the luxury cruiser liner, which ran aground off the Italian coast in January 2012, a court has ruled.
Schettino, who is under house arrest, was accused of wrecking the 114,500 ton liner by bringing it too close to the shore, where a rocky ledge tore a gash in its side and made it sink, causing at least 30 deaths.
According to The Telegraph, the Court of Cassation in Italy said Schettino had shown ‘little resilience in performing command functions or in handling responsibility for the safety of persons under his care.’
The court said Schettino had shown himself unable to manage a crisis and to ensure the safety of his passengers and crew.
According to the paper, the court also said there would be a risk of a repeat of the disaster if he were given a command again.
He has been charged with multiple manslaughter, causing the accident and abandoning ship prematurely.
A pre-trial hearing was held in Grosseto, near Florence, in March.
That part of the ruling justified the decision to keep Schettino under house arrest at his home in Meta di Sorrento, near Naples in southern Italy, as a concrete danger of a recurrence must be shown for the arrest order to be upheld. (ANI)