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Costa Crociere board members 'probed over fatal shipwreck'

Possible collusion in manslaughter of 32 people, sources say

Costa Crociere board members 'probed over fatal shipwreck'

Grosseto, May 17 - Five board members of Costa Crociere have been placed under investigation as part of a new probe related to the January 2012 cruise ship accident that led to the deaths of 32 people, according to sources close to the matter. The executives are reportedly being probed for possible collusion in the crimes of dereliction of duty and manslaughter that the ship's Captain, Francesco Schettino, and other crew members are being accused of. Top executives from parent company Carnival also sit on Costa Crociere's board. The new investigation is a separate from the one involving Schettino, which led to a preliminary hearing this week. The second probe has been opened after a group of lawyers representing some of the passengers aboard the Costa Concordia on its fateful journey, grouped together in the "Justice for Concordia" association, reported the company's management to authorities in April for their possible involvement in the accident. Prosecutors are only investigating executives that were sitting on the board at the time of the tragedy, on January 13 2012, sources said. "It's an obligatory move," the Grosseto prosecutors said when asked about the new investigation, without commenting further.

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