The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized killing 32 people is offering a new guilty plea in exchange for a lenient sentence.
At the trial in Italy Francesco Schettino is charged with manslaughter and causing the loss of his ship in January 2012. His lawyer, Francesco Pepe said he will offer to serve three years and five months:
“The judge hasn’t yet decided on our request for a plea bargain. We proposed it already during the preliminary hearing and we have just renewed it so the judge can decide.”
The new offer is a month longer than the previous one.
Even if the plea bargain is accepted some survivors believe the case should not end there and that others should face justice.
Cesare Bulgheroni, a lawyer for several victims said: “Schettino was just the commander of that ship and I’m sure that the responsibility has to be shared with all the company, I mean the board of directors at least.”
The huge liner capsized after striking a rock off the Italian island of Giglio. Schettino was branded a coward for abandoning the ship before all passengers were evacuated – an accusation he denies.