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Italy: Five convicted over Costa Concordia disaster

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Italy: Five convicted over Costa Concordia disaster


An Italian court has convicted five cruise company employees of multiple manslaughter and negligence over the Costa Concordia disaster, which left 32 people dead.

It accepted plea bargains from all of the Costa Crociere workers and handed down jail sentences ranging from 18 months to two years and 10 months.

Roberto Ferranini, the company’s crisis co-ordinator, received the longest sentence.

The ship’s hotel director, two bridge officers and a helmsman were also convicted.

The proceedings have been handled separately from the trial of Captain Francesco Schettino, which has been adjourned until September.

The Costa Concordia capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January last year and remains partially submerged in the water.

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