The company that owns the cruise ship Costa Concordia, Costa Crociere, announced yesterday the suspension of Francesco Schettino. “The company Costa Crociere will not be on Schettino’s defense.”
The company showed itself as a party aggrieved by the naval disaster, but the company made later questions about the actions of the vertices. The company received the notification of the accident 68 minutes before it was declared the evacuation of the cruise, and that there was not any solicitation by Costa Crociere in this regard.
Italian media say the former captain of the ship was accompanied by a “mysterious blonde”. She has been identified as Domnica Tchermotan, a 25 year-old dancer from mondalvo, she said she previously worked on ships of the same company and was traveling as a passenger, she was celebrating her birthday. However, witnesses say that she was staying in a room adjacent to the command room and accompanied Schettino at dinner before the accident, which could also make her witness the successive moments of the impact of the ship. In a Moldovan television interview, she recounted that she “was with Schettino” the night of the wreck. She also said she had been a member of the crew and defended the action of the commander: “He is a hero and saved thousands of people.”
Law enforcement sources quoted by Italian websites say that Tchermotan was not on the passenger lists, but Costa Crociere affirm she was a passenger and will give all the information they have to justice.
“I won’t let go” said Schettino from a town near Naples, where he is under house arrest. His intention is to demonstrate that a captain is serious and that there are a lot of lies in what has been said.