Costa Concordia captain, Francesco Schettino, to be tried for manslaughter


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The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which capsized off Italy’s west coast last year, killing 32 people, will face trial for manslaughter as well as other charges, an Italian judge has ruled.

More than 4,000 passengers and crew had to be evacuated from the 290-metre-long ship (951-ft), which still rests on a rock shelf outside the port.

Captain Francesco Schettino left the ship before all the crew and passengers had been taken ashore.

A judge in the Tuscan city of Grosseto ordered Schettino to be tried for multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship and other charges.