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Cassation opposed release
The Cassation on Nov 28 has opposed the release of the 'Norman Atlantic' from seizure. The Court gave reason to the prosecutor's thesis, but the wreck had left Bari in July for Turkish breakers and was scrapped in Aliaga. The Court of Cassation upheld the thesis of the Public Prosecutor of Bari, canceling without delay the provision with which, in April, the magistrate of the Court of Bari Francesco Agnino, accepted the request of the defenders of the company that owned the ship, who had ordered the seizure of the ferry. The wreck had been moored for 4,5 years in the port of Bari, subjected to probatory seizure of the ship after the fire in December 2014, off the Albanian coast, which caused the death of 31 people and injured 64 others. The first degree trial will begin in February 2020 with 32 defendants (30 natural persons and two companies) for the crimes, contested by the magistracy in various capacities, of negligent cooperation in shipwreck, culpable homicide and multiple negligent injuries as well as numerous violations on the security and navigation code.
32 subjects, 30 persons and two companies, indicted
32 subjects, 30 persons and two companies, were indicted on Oct 31, 2019, in the fire aboard the "Norman Atlantic" in which 31 people died and another 64 were injured in the Strait of Otranto off the coast of Albania. The trial will start in Bari on February 26, 2020. Carlo Visentini of the Visemar company that ran the ferry will be tried for charges including conspiracy in shipwreck and manslaughter. Also facing those charges will be the two legal representatives of Greek company that leased the ferry, Anek Lines, the captain of the ferry Argilio Giacomazzi, 26 crew members and the two companies. 61 civil plaintiffs have been admitted to the trial. The fire that caused the Norman to run aground started in a refrigerator truck whose engine had been left on, investigators have established. A succession of allegedly negligent acts and mistakes including unfit fire equipment used on the wrong deck and an alarm given hours too late allowed the fire to spread throughout the ship and become untameable, investigators said. 11 passengers died of the cold followed by drowning, others drowned after trying to get into life boats, a charred body was found in the wreck, perhaps belonging to a teen asylum seeker, while 19 others are still missing.
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