Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Italy requests over 37 million euros in Costa damages


Grosseto, April 17 - The Italian State has
requested over 37 million euros in damages for the Costa
Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Tuscany,
killing 32 people in January last year.
The claim was announced Wednesday during a preliminary
hearing for criminal charges against Francesco Schettino, the
captain of the liner.
The damages requested by the State apply to the first three
months of the disaster's aftermath and are linked specifically
to costs incurred by the premier's office and the ministries of
the environment, transport, economy, defence, and the interior.
The premier's office is claiming 10 million euros in
damages to Italy's international image, and the environment
ministry is calling for 11.5 million euros in environmental
Schettino is suspected of multiple manslaughter and
abandonment of his post before the evacuation of all 4,200
passengers and crew.
The current hearings are expected to run through April 24.
Schettino, who is expected to appeal if found guilty,
claims his actions saved more lives than were lost and is suing
to get his job back after being dismissed by Costa Cruises.
The disaster occurred when an allegedly rash maneuver by
Schettino resulted in the Concordia hitting a rock reef as the
ship sailed close to Giglio Island to 'salute' local people.

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