Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Costa company asks to be damaged party in Concordia trial


Grosseto, April 15 - The cruise company Costa
Crociere SpA is seeking to be named as a civil plaintiff in
criminal proceedings regarding the Costa Concordia shipwreck
that began in the Tuscan town of Grosseto on Monday.
Prosecutors are asking for the indictment of Captain
Francesco Schettino and five others involved in the January 2012
cruise-liner disaster that resulted in the deaths of 32 people.
Schettino is suspected of multiple manslaughter and
abandonment of post before the evacuation of all 4,200
passengers and crew.
In Italy, civil plaintiffs can join criminal proceedings as
damaged parties.
"We have suffered huge damages for the loss of a ship and we
will ask to be civil plaintiffs in the trial," said Marco De
Luca, a lawyer for the Costa Crociere SpA company.
Costa is also obliged to pay one million euros in sanctions
as the result of plea-bargaining earlier in the same case.
Meanwhile, some 30 lawyers representing shipwrecked
passengers of the sunken vessel have also descended on the town
of Grosseto with the intent of bringing suit against the Costa's
board as well as the directors of its parent company Carnival
The lawyers are expected to file their formal complaint
with prosecutors on Monday.

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