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Italian prosecutor seeks manslaughter trial for captain in deadly shipwreck

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

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    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. (AP)

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    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.