The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that ran aground off Tuscany last year, killing 32 people, has failed in his bid for a plea bargain. Francesco Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all passengers and crew were evacuated.His lawyer, Francesco Pepe, said Schettino had wanted to defend himself at trial, but when the other defendants all sought plea bargains, his defence team sought one, too. Mr Pepe said prosecutors have agreed to plea bargains for all except Schettino. That means Schettino might be the only defendant if a trial is ordered.
GROSSETO, Italy – Italian prosecutors on Tuesday rejected a plea bargain bid by the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off Italy last year, killing 32 people, defense lawyers said. Capt. Francesco Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all 4,200 passengers and crew were evacuated.Defense lawyer Francesco Pepe said Schettino had wanted to defend himself at a trial but when the five other defendants in the shipwreck off the Tuscan coast all sought plea bargains during a closed-door hearing Tuesday, his defense team decided to change strategy.
An Italian judge began hearing a request Monday to send the former captain of the Costa Concordia and five other ship’s officers to trial over the accident which sank the liner with the loss of 32 lives in January 2012. Prosecutors are seeking to have the 52-year-old captain, Francesco Schettino, tried on charges including manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.Both Schettino and the ship’s owners Costa Cruises were heavily criticised over both the accident and the chaotic night-time evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew. Costa paid 1 million euros ($1.31 million) to settle potential criminal charges although the payment did not affect civil lawsuits.
CTV NewsGROSSETO, Italy — An Italian court opened a hearing Monday into whether to hand down indictments against the captain and some crew of the Costa Concordia cruise ship for the 2012 grounding off Tuscany that killed 32 people. Prosecutors want Capt. Francesco Schettino to stand trial for alleged manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship before all the 4,200 passengers and crew had been evacuated. They want four other crew members and a Costa manager on land to face charges of having botched the emergency.
The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise ship that listed and partially sank, Francesco Schettino, was taken off of house arrest but put on a ‘town’ arrest. An Italian magistrate made the change Friday.
A pre-trial hearing for the captain of the Costa Concordia will begin in Italy on Saturday. Francesco Schettino, who’s under house arrest, is facing a string of charges including multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship after the vessel capsized in January.At least 25 people died when the cruise liner was steered too close to the shore, by the Mediterranean island of Giglio. Seven more are unaccounted for. Read More
In Italy, all eyes are on a theatre in Tuscany where a preliminary hearing is taking place into the deadly capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. The building is being used because it can hold more than 1000 people. The man accused of causing the tragedy, Captain Francesco Schettino, is not among them. He remains under house arrest at home near Naples. Read More
The captain of the Costa Concordia which ran aground off the Italian coast last month, has tested negative for drug and alcohol abuse. Francesco Schettino is facing multiple manslaughter charges following the disaster which killed at least 17 people. Victim support group says tests unreliable. Video. Read More
Russian and US survivors from the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster have joined forces with an Italian consumer group to press for over 400 million euros in compensation. Costa has offered just 11000 euros plus a refund and Read More>