It has been more than a year since the Costa Concordia disaster, and while the salvage operation is about to begin; the trial has been a bit of a slow starter as well. However, the Costa Concordia trail continues today, but we should not hear a verdict for a while yet, although, we could learn the fate of the captain and members of his crew later this month.
Ex-captain Francesco Schettino and five other crew members will have to sit through these indictment hearings, where Schettino is facing chargers of manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing a shipwreck. If he is found guilty he could face up to 20 years in jail, which family members who lost loved ones will feel this would not be enough.
According to Reuters, Schettino’s lawyer has said that he is not guilty of these charges and puts it down to an accident at work. Some of you may find this hard to believe after hearing the audio from the footage during the disaster.
While Costa Cruises cannot undergo a criminal trial because of a 1-million-euro fine they recently paid, this does not exempt them from private lawsuits, and we can imagine there will be plenty of them in the coming months.
Have you been put off cruising with Costa, or do you think the actions of a few has not swayed you?