Costa Concordia firm fined 1mln Euros for shipwreck off Italian coast

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 10:40 hrs

Italian cruise line Costa Crociere has been fined a million euros for the Costa Concordia ship sinking that took 32 lives last year.

Costa had asked for a plea bargain deal to respond to the administrative sanctions, which under Italian law are for companies whose employees commit crimes.

Judge Valeria Montesarchio of the Tuscan tribunal accepted the plea after a hearing, the Daily Star reports.

The ill-fated Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian coast on January 13, 2012.

Costa, a division of Miami-based Carniva, has sought to blame the disaster entirely on captain Francesco Schettino, who took the cruise ship off course.

According to the report, Grosseto prosecutors are seeking indictments for Schettino and five other people on charges including manslaughter.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, but it is not clear if the judge will make a decision then on whether to order a trial.

Among the five are the helmsman, two other officials who were on the bridge during the grounding and the Costa official on land who was managing the crisis, the report said. (ANI)

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