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Alleged tampering of Concordia wreck 'serious' - prosecutors

Two Costa employees at centre of new probe

25 February, 15:02
Alleged tampering of Concordia wreck 'serious' - prosecutors (see previous) (ANSA) - Grosseto, February 25 - The alleged tampering of the bridge of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner was a "serious incident", prosecutors told a Grosseto court on Tuesday.

Prosecutors in the Tuscan coastal city said they had opened an investigation into two Costa Cruise employees in connection with the alleged tampering, signs of which came to light during a court-ordered inspection on January 23. The probe concerns the wrecked cruise liner's legal guardian, Franco Porcellacchia, who led the successful parbuckling operation to right the ship last autumn, and a Costa adviser, Camillo Casella.

The pair face possible charges of breaking seals, tampering and legal fraud. Prosecutors are also allegedly examining the position of a third person thought to have taken them on board.