23 May 2013

Concordia ship captain to face manslaughter trial

9:54 am on 23 May 2013

The captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which capsized off Italy last year killing 32 people, is to go on trial for multiple manslaughter and other charges.

An Italian judge has ruled that the trial go ahead, with the first hearing set for July.

The Costa Concordia flipped on its side outside the Tuscan port of Giglio in January last year after it struck rocks during a manoeuvre that brought it too close to the shore, Reuters reports.

The accident triggered a chaotic night-time evacuation of more than 4000 passengers and crew.

Captain Francesco Schettino left the ship before all the crew and passengers had been taken ashore.

If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to 20 years.