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Italian prosecutor seeks manslaughter trial for captain in deadly shipwreck

  • Jan. 30, 2013 - Captian Francesco Schettino gets into a car following a closed-door hearing in Torre Annunziata's courthouse, near Naples, Italy.

    Jan. 30, 2013 - Captian Francesco Schettino gets into a car following a closed-door hearing in Torre Annunziata's courthouse, near Naples, Italy.  (AP2013)

  • Jan. 11, 2013 FILE photo shows the cruise ship Costa Concordia leaning on its side, near the shore of the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.

    Jan. 11, 2013 FILE photo shows the cruise ship Costa Concordia leaning on its side, near the shore of the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.  (A2013)

  • FILE photo shows former captain of the Costa Concordia luxury cruise ship Francesco Schettino arriving at the Teatro Moderno theater for the second hearing of a trial for the Jan. 13, 2012 shipwreck in which 32 people died, in Grosseto, Italy. An Italian prosecutor on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 formally requested a manslaughter indictment against the captain of the Costa Concordia, which crashed into a reef off Tuscany last year, killing 32 people. The prosecutors' office in Grosseto, Tuscany, also wants Francesco Schettino, the captain of the luxury cruise liner, to be tried for causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while the frantic evacuation of passengers and crew was still being conducted. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, files)

    FILE photo shows former captain of the Costa Concordia luxury cruise ship Francesco Schettino arriving at the Teatro Moderno theater for the second hearing of a trial for the Jan. 13, 2012 shipwreck in which 32 people died, in Grosseto, Italy. An Italian prosecutor on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 formally requested a manslaughter indictment against the captain of the Costa Concordia, which crashed into a reef off Tuscany last year, killing 32 people. The prosecutors' office in Grosseto, Tuscany, also wants Francesco Schettino, the captain of the luxury cruise liner, to be tried for causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while the frantic evacuation of passengers and crew was still being conducted. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, files)  (The Associated Press)

An Italian prosecutor has formally requested a manslaughter indictment against the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which crashed into a reef off Tuscany last year, killing 32 people.

The prosecutors' office in Grosseto also wants Capt. Francesco Schettino to be tried for causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while the frantic evacuation of passengers and crew was still being conducted. A judge must decide whether to order a trial for Schettino and five others named in the indictment request Monday.

Prosecutors also said Costa Crociere SpA, the Italian cruise company, has asked for a plea bargain agreement which, if it was accepted, could see Costa pay a $1.35 million fine.

The ship went aground off the Italian island of Giglio during a publicity stunt.