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Thursday 21 September 2017

Dancer on cruise ship to be quizzed

MOLDOVAN dancer at centre of Concordia disaster to be questioned by Italian prosecutors.

The Moldovan dancer at the centre of the mystery over why the Costa Concordia ran aground is to be questioned by Italian prosecutors.

Domnica Cemortan (25) could prove to be a key witness in the case after it emerged that she was being wined and dined by Captain Francesco Schettino (51) in the moments before the ship struck rocks and sank.

Miss Cemortan, who works as a translator for Costa cruises, but was travelling on board as a passenger at the time of the disaster, has denied that she and Schettino are lovers.

However, prosecutors are keen to establish if the catastrophe could have been the result of the captain breaking rules in order to show off to his female guest.

Prosecutors

Miss Cemortan has now confirmed that she is prepared to meet with prosecutors in order to explain what happened in the run up to the sinking.

Speaking from her home in Moldova, Miss Cemortan said: “I have not yet met with the prosecutor from Grosetto. Once I have done that I will be able to give more information about what happened.”

She has refused to elaborate on what relationship she had with the captain, but said it was innocent.

Last week Miss Cemortan, who has a two-year-old daughter, said: “I am not the captain's lover. You know why? He was always showing me photos of his daughter when she was little. A man who wants a lover does not behave like that.”

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