Italy ship captain arrested on suspicion of manslaughter

PORTO SANTO STEFANO, Italy Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:07pm EST

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PORTO SANTO STEFANO, Italy (Reuters) - The captain of the Italian cruise liner that ran aground off Italy was arrested on suspicion of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship, police said Saturday.

Police said the captain, Francesco Schettino, was taken to a jail in the provincial capital Grosseto to await questioning by a magistrate.

(Reporting By Gavin Jones, Writing by Philip Pullella; Editing by Myra MacDonald)

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