May 22 (Bloomberg) -- The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that shipwrecked off Tuscany last year was indicted today by an Italian judge.
The trial will start July 9 in Grosseto, Italy, his lawyer Francesco Pepe said by phone today. Francesco Schettino faces criminal charges including manslaughter and abandoning the ship before all the 4,200 passengers had been evacuated.
The Costa Concordia, owned by Carnival Corp’s Costa Crociere SpA Italian unit, ran aground near the island of Giglio hours after leaving a port close to Rome on Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32 people.
Schettino is accused of steering the ship too close to the island as a way of saluting the inhabitants and a veteran captain of the Costa line. He has always denied any wrongdoing, saying his actions saved lives.
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