Concordia passengers' lawyers hope to expand investigation

Complaints to be filed against Costa, parent company boards

Concordia passengers' lawyers hope to expand investigation

Grosseto, April 12 - Some 30 lawyers representing shipwrecked passengers of the Costa Concordia vessel have descended on the town of Grosseto, where a preliminary hearing next week is to be held with the intent of bringing a suit against the cruise ship's board as well as against the directors of its parent company Carnival Corporation. Lawyers will start by filing a formal complaint with prosecutors on Monday, hoping the action will trigger a wider investigation. Thirty-two people died in the January 2012 wreck off Tuscany after an allegedly rash manoeuvre by Captain Francesco Schettino resulted in the Concordia hitting a rock. Schettino claims his actions saved more lives than were lost, and is in turn suing to get his job back On Monday a preliminary hearing begins in the trial of Schettino, suspected of multiple manslaughter and abandonment of post before the evacuation of all 4,200 passengers and crew. "The objective is that Grosseto prosecutors extend their investigation into the companies to verify if there was any collusion with those that are currently indicted in the trial," said Cesare Bulgheroni, a lawyer from Milan.

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