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Seconda udienza preliminare 21.05.2019 – ammesse tutte le parti civili nel processo Norman Atlantic

TGR 21 maggio 2019 – Norman Atlantic, parenti vittime e sopravvissuti ammessi al processo penale

Dear Clients, on Tuesday May 21 2019 the second preliminary hearing of the criminal trial on the Norman Atlantic disaster was held in the Bitonto bunker hearingroom.

Let’s start by saying that ALL our clients were admitted as a civil party, and that this important result was by no means obvious or automatic or simple to obtain.

In fact, in the time from the previous hearing, in which we filed our request for the appearance in court, and this last hearing, the judge had assigned to the defendants an intermediate term for the filing of written memoirs with which to illustrate their exceptions and objections to the request to enter the process by passengers and family members, but also organizations and associations. Well, we can say that surely the lawyers (of Anek above all), have not been spared at all (and it must be said that they could also have done it with greater esteem and respect for the victims, as for example Costa Crociere did in the process on the sinking of the Concordia, which raised formal exceptions only against the cities and associations but not also about the constitution of a civil part of the passengers), but on the contrary they have once again (as in the civil trial) put into play every possible and imaginable procedural question, constraint of national and community legislation and of captious exception to try to prevent at any cost the request of the victims to participate in the criminal trial as parties in all aspects, and not only as spectators. Constituting as a civil party, in fact, allows the injured party from a committed crime, in addition to making a request to the judge for compensation on their damage suffered in relation to such conduct, but also play an important role as a private prosecution alongside the public one, exercised by the public prosecutor’s office, in the common search for truth and justice through the conviction of all those responsible for the disaster. Needless to say, the army of defendants’ lawyers would have preferred to have the trial without our unfriendly presence in the courtroom, and already the first heated controversy took place in the courtroom among lawyers, in a clearly nervousness due to the gravity of the charges, on one side, and the delicacy of the positions and the compensatory values ​​requested on behalf of the clients, on the other.

In their memoirs and subsequent discussion in the hearing room, the defenders of the Greek shipowner, but not only them, tried to enforce the rules of Reg. (EC) 392/2009 in the criminal trial which, as you now by know, provides (art 16, point 3 of the Athens Convention) a two-year preclusional term, which led us prudently to initiate a civil lawsuit in Bari in December 2016, thus claiming, in a very insidious way, that today it would not be possible for us to validly transfer the compensation action from the civil to the criminal trial, due to some alleged forfeiture and other (alleged) defects matured during the civil trial. Nevertheless the defendants’ defenses claimed that the nature and legitimacy of the requests was not adequately demonstrated and documented.

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Norman Atlantic: criminal trial starts 4 years from the disaster

At exactly 4 years from the fire and shipwreck of the Norman Atlantic, here it comes the official news that the Prosecutor’s office of Bari has finally requested the indictment for the 32 suspects (30 individuals and two companies) accused of the disaster occurred off the Albanian coast in the night between 27 and 28 December 2014, which caused 31 victims, including 12 confirmed deaths and 19 bodies never found, and the serious injury of 64 of the approximately 500 passengers, all remained on board in stormy sea for two days and beyond, and that even today they have not overcome the trauma of that terrible experience.

No fire alarm was issued, no warning from the crew, and the passengers awoke at night between coulters of smoke and panic scenes. A panic which released – in many – the worst in human race. The first to abandon ship were some of the crew, dropping quickly the only usable lifeboat, with just a third of its precious capacity of persons. During the retrieve of the passengers using the baskets lowered from helicopters, others have literally attacked the rescuers, with bites and punches, just to be saved first, others refused to leave priority to women and children. Some people threw himself into the water to escape the flames, and was quickly swallowed by the waves of the icy December sea.

The news of the signing of the request for judgment had been circulating for some weeks now, but reaching the 4th anniversary, it comes an official confirmation that the prosecutors have requested the criminal trial for the legal representative of Visemar, the company that owns the ferry, Carlo Visentini, the two legal representatives of the Greek Anek Lines, charterer of the ship, the commander Argilio Giacomazzi and 26 members of the crew. After confirming the serious responsibilities and negligence that emerged in the probationary phase, the suspects are accused, for various reasons, of crimes of negligent cooperation in shipwreck, culpable homicide and multiple culpable injuries in addition to numerous violations on safety and the navigation code.

The date of the first hearing with the judge of the preliminary hearing has not yet been set, but we already know that – in order to overcome the logistical difficulties of the court of Bari – the Bitonto bunker room was again made available, in which we will stand for this part of the criminal trial.

Our team “Giustizia per Norman Atlantic” has represented so far about fifty people whose lives were devastated in various ways in the shipping incident, as passengers or as family members of victims or missing, and for many of those we lauched the multi-milion civil case running in Bari, that lately moved a further step in extending the compensation responsabilities to another company of Visemar Group.

For many others, forced by the long waiting and personal difficulties, we were asked to negotiate and close their case with a transaction, but now with the criminal trial pending we are confident that justice will soon be brought to all, even for those that couldn’t wait for a judicial and more fair compensation. New clients have recently joined, to overcome the lack of results they faced in other countries and different strategies.

But for all passengers, more and beyond an economic compensation, the first right to justice is that those who have made so many mistakes will pay with years in prison and companies will be punished with heavy punitive damages, so that this tragedy will prevent the recurrence of disasters in the world of navigation by ferries

The 2019 will now be the year of the Norman Atlantic trial, and we will ensure to make it as productive and effective as possible.

Norman Atlantic investigation and probative procedure close to a crucial start

IMG_6571Prosecutors that are investigating on the Norman Atlantic case, as soon as the transfer of the ship from Brindisi to Bari will take place, will begin the process of trial evidence probative accident; it is important to proceed with the formalization of passengers positions to the Prosecutor’s office in Bari, presenting the complaints form that we have provided and we are sending on behalf of all our clients;  it is also urgent to start claims for passengers and victim’s relatives damage compensation for the disaster, through a letter of the law firm to the companies Visemar and Anek Lines, as well as insurance. Please contact us for a free and immediate advice.


I Pubblici Ministeri che indagano sul caso Norman Atlantic, non appena il trasferimento della nave da Brindisi a Bari avrà luogo, daranno il via al procedimento di incidente probatorio; è importante procedere alla formalizzazione delle posizioni dei passeggeri alla Procura della Repubblica di Bari, presentando la denuncia-querela che abbiamo fornito e stiamo inviando a nome di tutti i nostri clienti; è anche urgente avviare le richieste di risarcimento danni dei passeggeri e parenti delle vittime del disastro, attraverso una lettera dello studio legale alle società Visemar e Anek Lines, così come alle assicurazioni. Contattateci per una consulenza gratuita ed immediata.


Οι εισαγγελείς που ερευνούν την υπόθεση Norman Ατλαντικού, μόλις η μεταβίβαση του πλοίου από Πρίντεζι προς Μπάρι θα πραγματοποιηθεί, θα ξεκινήσει η διαδικασία της δίκης αποδεικτικών στοιχείων αποδεικτικής ατύχημα? είναι σημαντικό να προχωρήσει με την επισημοποίηση των επιβατών θέσεις στο γραφείο του Εισαγγελέα στο Μπάρι, παρουσιάζοντας τα παράπονα αποτελούν ότι έχουμε δώσει και στέλνουμε για λογαριασμό όλων των πελατών μας? είναι επίσης επιτακτική ανάγκη να αρχίσουν απαιτήσεις για τους επιβάτες και τους συγγενείς αποζημίωσης για ζημίες του θύματος για την καταστροφή, μέσα από μια επιστολή του δικηγορικού γραφείου για τις εταιρείες Visemar και Anek Lines, καθώς και ασφάλιση. Παρακαλούμε επικοινωνήστε μαζί μας για μια ελεύθερη και άμεση παροχή συμβουλών.


Prokurorët që po hetojnë mbi rastin Norman Atlantik, sa më shpejt transferimin e anijes nga Brindisi për në Bari do të zhvillohet, do të fillojë procesin e provave gjyq aksidenti dëshmuese; është e rëndësishme që të vazhdojë me formalizimin e udhëtarëve pozitave të zyrës së Prokurorit në Bari, duke paraqitur ankesat formë që ne kemi dhënë dhe ne jemi të dërguar në emër të të gjithë klientët tanë; ajo është gjithashtu urgjente për të filluar pretendimet për udhëtarët dhe të afërmit kompensimin viktimës dëmit për katastrofën, përmes një letre të firmës ligjit të kompanive Visemar dhe Anek Lines, si dhe sigurim. Ju lutemi të na kontaktoni për një këshillë të lirë dhe të menjëhershme.


Yer alacak Bari, Brindisi geminin transferi en kısa sürede, Norman Atlantik davayla ilgili soruşturma Savcılar, deneme kanıt delil kaza süreci başlayacak; bu şikayetleri sağladık ve tüm müşterilerimiz adına gönderme olduğunu formu sunulması, Bari Cumhuriyet Savcılığı’na yolcu pozisyonların resmileştirilmesi devam etmek önemlidir; o yolcu ve şirketlerin VISEMAR ve Anek Hatları hukuk firması bir mektupla felaket için kurbanın yakınları hasar tazminat, iddialarını, hem de sigorta başlatmak için de acil. Özgür ve acil tavsiye için bizimle irtibata geçiniz.


Les procureurs qui enquêtent sur l’affaire Norman Atlantique, dès que le transfert du navire de Brindisi à Bari aura lieu, vont commencer le processus de témoignage au procès accident probante; il est important de procéder à la formalisation des passagers postes au bureau du procureur de Bari, présentant les plaintes font que nous avons fourni et nous envoyer au nom de tous nos clients; il est également urgent de commencer revendications pour les passagers et les parents dommages la rémunération de la victime de la catastrophe, par une lettre du cabinet d’avocats pour les entreprises Visemar et Anek Lines, ainsi que l’assurance. Se il vous plaît nous contacter pour un conseil gratuit et immédiat.