The trial of the captain in charge of the Costa Concordia cruise liner which ran aground with the loss of 32 lives has been delayed by a week.
Francesco Schettino is charged with multiple counts of manslaughter and abandoning ship during the incident in 2012.
It is alleged he steered the luxury vessel too close to the Italian island of Giglio off the coast of Tuscany in a risky “Salute” manoeuvre. The ship hit a rock and keeled over.
The bodies of two of the passengers have never been recovered.
Now an eight-day strike by lawyers nationwide means Schettino must wait at least a week longer for his moment in court.
The trial is being held in a theatre in Grosseto in Tuscany rather than the town’s courthouse in order to accommodate the large number of survivors, relative and lawyers.