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En domstol har dömt fem personer för dråp efter det dödliga skeppsvraket Costa Concordia 2012 utanför Italien.

The boat’s helmsman, cabin service director, two ship officers and the head of the Italian company’s crisis team were sentenced to up to two years and 10 months in prison for multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck. Reports say they may avoid prison-time.

Rättegången mot kapten Francesco Schettino har skjutits upp efter att han begärt elektriska tester på fartyget.

He is charged with multiple manslaughter for causing the shipwreck and abandoning the vessel with thousands still aboard. His case will resume on 23 September after Italy’s summer holidays. Thirty-two people were killed when the Costa Crociere ship capsized off the island of Giglio in January 2012.

The five defendants were Roberto Ferrarini, director of the Italian cruise company’s crisis unit, cabin service director Manrico Giampedroni, first officer Ciro Ambrosio, Indonesian helmsman Jacob Rusli Bin and third officer Silvia Coronica. They received prison sentences ranging from 18 months to two years and 10 months as the court agreed to plea bargains in order to avoid a lengthy trial.

The heaviest sentence was given to Roberto Ferranini who was ashore as the disaster unfolded and in charge of co-ordinating the cruise ship company’s response to the crisis. None is likely to go to jail as sentences of under two years are suspended in Italy, while longer sentences may be appealed or replaced with community service.

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Capt Schettino’s lawyers say he faces a maximum 20 years in jail if found guilty. He denies the charges and says that without his actions many more people would have died. The trial is taking place in Grosseto, the city nearest the site of the wreck, and much of the case against him has already been disclosed in a report by court-appointed experts.

He has been accused of leaving the luxury liner before all those on board – 4,229 – had been evacuated and steering it too fast and too close to shore during a night-time, sail-past salute to people on the tiny island off Tuscany.

Kapten Schettino har redan accepterat en viss grad av ansvar och bad om förlåtelse i en tv-intervju förra året när han talade om de som dog. Men Schettino hävdar att han lyckades styra det drabbade fartyget närmare stranden så att det inte sjönk på djupt vatten där hundratals kan ha drunknat.

Hans advokater säger att han görs till syndabock för vad som helt enkelt var en olycka.

 

Anna van Densky

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