Costa Concordia verdicts: Lawyers’ reaction

20 July 2013

A court has convicted five people of manslaughter over the deadly 2012 Costa Concordia shipwreck off Italy.

The boat’s helmsman, cabin service director, two ship officers and the head of the Italian company’s crisis team were sentenced to up to two years and 10 months in prison for multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck.

Reports say they may avoid prison-time.

There was a mixed reaction to the verdicts outside court, with one lawyer branding the sentences “shameful” in comparison to those in the recent Silvio Berlusconi sex trial.