[AFP.] An Italian court on Saturday accepted plea bargains ranging from 18 to 34 months in prison for five suspects in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, media reported.
The five include Roberto Ferrarini, the director of ship owner Costa Crociere’s crisis unit, Jacob Rusli Bin, the luxury liner’s Indonesian helmsman, as well as a deputy of Captain Francesco Schettino and two other crew members.
[…] Rusli Bin, the liner’s Indonesian helmsman who misunderstood the captain’s orders at the moment of the crash, received a year and eight months in jail and officer Silvia Coronica got one year and six months, the shortest sentence.
Audio from the ship’s black box revealed the chaos on the bridge on the night of the shipwreck, when Rusli Bin was steering the huge liner and Schettino had ordered a risky “salute” manoeuvre near the island.
In the recordings, when the crew realises the vessel is bearing down on rocks jutting out of the sea near Giglio, Schettino can be heard yelling “hard to port” while Ambrosio appears to yell “hard to starboard”.
The helmsman, who did not speak English or Italian fluently, is heard asking “hard to starboard?”
By the time Schettino had repeated his order it was too late to right the Concordia’s course.
The luxurious liner crashed into the Giglio rocks on the night of January 13, 2012, with 4,229 people from 70 countries on board, keeling over and sparking a panicked and delayed evacuation which saw some people forced to throw themselves into the cold waters. […]
Je trouve ça un peu dégueulasse de condamner l’homme de barre indonésien qui n’est qu’un lampiste dans l’affaire.
Selon le Jakarta Post, un avocat de Costa Crociere S.p.A. aurait fait pression sur Rusli bin Jakub pour que ce dernier plaide coupable en échange du maintien de son contrat de travail.
On ne fait pas du rase-cailloux avec un paquebot de 290 m transportant 4 252 personnes. Point final.