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Closing argument begin in trial of Costa Concordia's captain

Sapa-dpa | 2015-01-22 13:07:52.0
Salvage crew workers are seen in front of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise liner after the start of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbour September 16, 2013. File photo
Image by: TONY GENTILE / Reuters

The prosecution began closing arguments in the trial against Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner when it crashed into rocks off Italy three years ago killing 32 people.

The 54-year-old faces several charges that include manslaughter, negligence and abandoning ship.

The prosecution's arguments are expected to last up to three days, during which it will make its sentencing request. In December, chief prosecutor Francesco Verusio said Schettino "deserved more than 20 years, 22."

The first instance court in Grosseto, central Italy, is next week expected to hear closing arguments from the defence and lawyers representing plaintiffs, ahead of retiring to deliver a verdict.

The verdict is expected in early February.

If he is convicted, Schettino could appeal and would likely not be imprisoned until the end of all legal proceedings.

The Concordia hit rocks and partially capsized on the night of January 13, 2012, after it was taken off route and steered close to the island of Giglio. Evacuation procedures were chaotic, and Schettino left the vessel before they were completed.

"Remember that no one died in the impact, but 32 people have lost their lives for the inaccurate management of the emergency and malfunctions" on the ship, Massimiliano Gabrielli, a lawyer representing victims' families, told dpa.


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