Costa's captain could face trial

2013-02-25 19:25
Francesco Schettino (Picture: AP)

Francesco Schettino (Picture: AP)

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Rome - An Italian prosecutor has formally requested a manslaughter indictment against the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which crashed into a reef off Tuscany last year, killing 32 people.

The prosecutors' office in Grosseto also wants Captain Francesco Schettino to be tried for causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while the frantic evacuation of passengers and crew was still being conducted.

A judge must decide whether to order a trial for Schettino and five others named in the indictment request on Monday.

Prosecutors also said Costa Crociere SpA, the Italian cruise company, has asked for a plea bargain agreement which, if it was accepted, could see Costa pay a $1.35m fine.

The ship went aground off the Italian island of Giglio during a publicity stunt.

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