An Italian court has convicted five people of manslaughter following the Costa Concordia crash off the coast of Giglio, which killed 32 people

Five people have been convicted on charges of manslaughter following the catastrophic crash of the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which hit rocks off the coast of Giglio in January 2012, resulting in the deaths of 32 people.

The five people convicted were: Roberto Ferrarini, director of the company’s crisis unit, who received the longest sentence of two years and 10 months; Manrico Giampedroni, cabin service director; Ciro Ambrosio, the first officer; Jacob Rusli Bin, helmsman; and Silvia Coronica, third officer.

This trial is being held separately from the one of Captain Francesco Schettino, who is charged with multiple manslaughter and for abandoning ship while thousands of passengers were still on board.

Prosecutor Francesco Verusio said, “Justice is beginning to be done but there will be real justice in the end, when we can determine with certainty what the responsibilities of the captain are.”

Schettino’s trial is due to resume on 23 September.

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