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Highways chief acquitted over 2013 bus disaster

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Highways chief acquitted over 2013 bus disaster
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(ANSA) - Avellino, January 11 - A court in the southern city
of Avellino on Friday acquitted Giovanni Castellucci, the CEO of
highways company Autostrade per l'Italia (ASPI), of charges
related to a 2013 bus disaster in the area in which 40 people
died.
Prosecutors had requested that Castellucci be given a 10-year
jail term over the disaster, in which an out-of-control coach
carrying pilgrims smashed through a guard rail and plunged from
a viaduct after a brake malfunction.
"Shameful. This is not justice," shouted relatives of the
deceased after the sentence was read out.
"Castellucci is a killer".
Relatives also shouted out the number 83 - the sum of the 40
bus-disaster victims and the 43 people killed in the
Morandi-bridge collapse disaster in Genoa in August.
ASPI also had the concession for the Genoa viaduct.
Castellucci was among seven of the 15 defendants to be
cleared.
Eight people were found guilty, including Gennaro Lametta,
the owner of the bus, who got a 12-year sentence.
Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio said "I don't know how long it
will take but we're going to take back the motorways!"
He said he "understood and was "bloody angry" about the
relatives' "shout of pain".
"We'be been working since the collapse of the Morandi Bridge
(in Genoa) to teake the concessions off Autostrade...But we'll
manage to do it".

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