16 years in prison for the captain of the Costa Concordia
Italian justice has convicted the captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, to 16 years in prison after finding him guilty of reckless 32 killing people in the sinking of the cruise ship, which ran aground off the coast of the island of Giglio on 13 January 2012.
Failure puts an end to three-year process in which Schettino has figured as sole defendant, the company owner, Costa Cruises, accepted a fine of one million euros and the Prosecutor’s Office negotiated with other five officers of the ship.
The Public Ministry called for more than 26 years for the accused, while his defence demanded acquittal. Finally, the Court ruled against Schettino to 16 years in prison and has disabled him to take public positions, Italian media reports.
Captain said in his latest allegation that he was the victim of a “meat grinder” media that distorted his responsibility in the accident, “without any respect for the truth”. “That night I also I died”, deplored the Court.