Italian court jails five over cruise ship disaster
FORROME: An Italian court on Saturday accepted plea bargains for five suspects in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster under which they will serve prison sentences ranging from 18 months to two years and 10 months, media reported.
The five include Roberto Ferrarini, the director of ship owner Costa Crociereís crisis unit, Jacob Rusli Bin, the luxury linerís Indonesian helmsman, as well as a deputy of Captain Francesco Schettino and two other crew members. Schettino, who is accused of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship, is currently the only one standing trial for the deadly accident off Giglio island in Tuscany which claimed 32 lives in January 2012.
Under the plea agreements accepted by the court in Grosseto in the central Tuscany region, Ferrarini received the longest sentence of two years and 10 months in prison.
Manrico Giampedroni, the cabin service director, faces two years and six months in prison, while captainís deputy Ciro Ambrosio got one year and 11 months. afp