Costa Cruises admitted as civil plaintiff in Concordia trial

Survivors, Italian State and Giglio also included

Costa Cruises admitted as civil plaintiff in Concordia trial

Rome, April 17 - A preliminary hearings judge has admitted Costa Cruises as a civil plaintiff in criminal proceedings regarding the shipwreck of its Concordia liner, lawyers said Wednesday during a break between hearings on Wednesday. The judge also admitted all the shipwreck survivors and other people who made requests, along with a number of Italian ministries and local governments, including that of Giglio Island. Giglio, the Tuscan island off which the disaster took place, has asked for 80 million euros in damages and the Italian State has requested 37 million. Prosecutors want the judge in the Tuscan city of Grosseto to indict Captain Francesco Schettino and five others involved in the January 2012 cruise-liner disaster that resulted in the deaths of 32 people. Schettino is suspected of multiple manslaughter and abandonment of his post before the evacuation of all 4,200 passengers and crew. In Italy, civil plaintiffs can join criminal proceedings as damaged parties. Costa's lawyers said the company suffered "huge damages" in terms of a tarnished image and the loss of the ship.

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