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NORMAN ATLANTIC: sentenza di condanna greca, Giustizia negata – Greece sentence, Justice is not served

Oggi è stata raggiunta una prima decisione di colpevolezza nel caso del disastro marittimo della nave NORMAN ATLANTIC, il processo penale in Grecia ha raggiunto un verdetto di primo grado ed il tribunale ellenico ha stabilito all’unanimità che cinque degli 11 imputati sono colpevoli e ha condannato il manager e CEO dell’ANEK ad un totale di 16 anni di reclusione ciascuno, e una condanna a 14 anni per l’equipaggio di ANEK a bordo della nave, 6 anni ed a 5 anni e 2 mesi rispettivamente ai due ufficiali di marina responsabili delle operazioni di carico.

E’ stata confermata la piena consapevolezza dei responsabili della compagnia ANEK sulle pratiche di carico dei mezzi e contrarie alle norme marittime, come consentire che i camion refrigerati mantenessero i motori a scoppio accesi anche durante la navigazione perché non era garantito a sufficienza l’allaccio alla rete elettrica della nave per tutti gli autotreni imbarcati in sovrannumero. Avrebbero potuto impedire l’evento e proteggere i passeggeri, ma non l’hanno fatto, continuando per anni a guadagnare senza riguardo alla sicurezza della vita umana.

Δίκη «Norman Atlantic»: 16 έτη φυλάκιση στους υπεύθυνους της ΑΝΕΚ

La Grecia sembra quindi aver battuto sul tempo i giudici italiani di Bari, dove pende il processo italiano per gli stessi fatti ma che è fermo ancora alle fase preliminari del dibattimento di primo grado, ma non sembra davvero che la legge ellenica abbia saputo fare Giustizia, anzi.

Il nuovo codice penale in Grecia, in vigore da luglio 2019, ha di fatto dimezzato le pene per questi reati, e prevede un massimo di 5 anni di reclusione per omicidio multiplo (prima erano fino a 10) ed il tribunale ha inflitto al presidente e all’amministratore delegato dell’ANEK pene di base di 3 anni per ogni morte e da 2 anni e 18 mesi rispettivamente per i reati di incendio doloso e disturbo del traffico marittimo. Il responsabile dell’ANEK a bordo 18 mesi di reclusione per ogni omicidio e due marinai rispettivamente di 18 mesi e un anno.

QUELLO CHE APPARE INACCETTABILE PER IL NOSTRO ORDINAMENTO E PER I FAMILIARI DELLE VITTIME è che la sentenza greca, con pene al carcere complessivamente fino a 16 anni, secondo la loro legge penale possa essere totalmente convertita in una multa/sanzione economica dagli imputati, che quindi sono stati condannati ma non sconteranno un solo giorno di carcere: 20 euro per ogni giorno di reclusione per il presidente e l’amministratore delegato della compagnia di navigazione, 10 euro al giorno per il responsabile dell’ANEK a bordo e 5 euro al giorno per i due marinai condannati. E la pena è sospesa fino al secondo grado (come avviene anche in Italia).

Ciò significa che l’intera misura della pena detentiva sarà convertita nel pagamento di una multa, una condanna economica; gli imputati, giudicati responsabili della morte di 10 persone a bordo e 19 dispersi a mare, nel disastro avvenuto a causa della grave violazione delle norme di prudenza e del diritto marittimo, non sconteranno in Grecia neanche un giorno di prigione, con una sentenza solo sulla carta a 16 anni.

Infatti a causa del nuovo codice penale greco, tutte le pene sono ricondotte al limite massimo previsto attualmente dalla legge ellenica in caso di omicidio colposo plurimo, ossia 5 anni.

Noi avvocati e cittadini italiani dovremo svolgere molte riflessioni sul significato e la portata della sentenza greca che, in ogni caso, riguarda solo minimamente gli imputati nel processo italiano sul naufragio del NORMAN ATLANTIC, ma una cosa è certa, i passeggeri che si sono costituiti parte civile nel processo penale italiano, di cui la maggior parte sono di nazionalità greca, possono contare nel nostro paese su una macchina della giustizia sicuramente più lenta e complicata, ma certamente più rigorosa. In Grecia non si può dire moralmente che Giustizia è stata fatta.

Il nostro ordinamento penale non permette di cavarsela così facilmente con la conversione in denaro di una pena detentiva così importante; in Italia per condanne superiori a 4 anni si va in carcere, così come nel caso della condanna a 16 anni che il comandante Schettino sta in galera da circa 3 anni per il disastro della Concordia.

Visto che il nuovo codice penale greco ha dimezzato le pene e consente di convertire le condanne detentive in una somma di danaro, 20 euro al giorno una condanna a 16 anni per la morte di 10 persone e 19 dispersi, si trasforma comodamente (16 anni -> 5844 giorni x 20 euro) in 116.880 euro e zero giorni di carcere, mentre con la riduzione a 5 anni la somma scende a 36.500 euro.

Ci lamentiamo spesso della legge penale italiana, ma questa roba qui per un avvocato delle vittime dei disastri è davvero una sentenza sconvolgente, non si tratta di giustizialismo, ma di fronte ad omicidi plurimi e la prova raggiunta su una pratica aziendale votata alla massimizzazione dei profitti, convertire 16 anni di carcere in una multa a 20 euro al giorno, vuol dire negare ai familiari delle vittime una condanna anche solo morale: e come sempre diciamo non c’è pace senza Giustizia.

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Today a first guilty decision was reached in the case of the NORMAN ATLANTIC maritime disaster, as the criminal trial in Greece reached a first instance verdict and the Greek court unanimously ruled that five of the 11 defendants are guilty and sentenced the manager and CEO of ANEK to a total of 16 years in prison each, and a sentence of 14 years for ANEK's crew on board the ship, 6 years and 5 years and 2 months respectively to the two naval officers responsible of loading operations.Today a first guilty decision was reached in the case of the NORMAN ATLANTIC maritime disaster, as the criminal trial in Greece reached a first instance verdict and the Greek court unanimously ruled that five of the 11 defendants are guilty and sentenced the manager and CEO of ANEK to a total of 16 years in prison each, and a sentence of 14 years for ANEK’s crew on board the ship, 6 years and 5 years and 2 months respectively to the two naval officers responsible of loading operations.

The full awareness of the managers of the ANEK company on the loading practices of the vehicles and contrary to maritime regulations, such as allowing the refrigerated trucks to keep the internal combustion engines running even during navigation, was confirmed because of lack of the connection to the the ship’s electrical network for all excessively loaded trucks. They could have prevented the event and protect the passengers, but they did not, continuing to earn money for years regardless of the safety of human life.

Δίκη «Norman Atlantic»: 16 έτη φυλάκιση στους υπεύθυνους της ΑΝΕΚ

Greece therefore seems to have beaten the Italian judges of Bari on time, where the Italian trial is pending for the same facts and is still at the preliminary stage of the first instance trial, but it does not really seem that Hellenic law has been able to do justice, rather.

The new criminal code in Greece, in force since July 2019, has effectively halved the penalties for these crimes, and provides for a maximum of 5 years of imprisonment for multiple homicides (previously up to 10) and the court has imposed on the president and to the CEO of ANEK basic penalties of 3 years for each death and 2 years and 18 months respectively for the offenses of arson and disturbance of maritime traffic. The ANEK manager on board 18 months’ imprisonment for each murder and two sailors of 18 months and one year respectively.

WHAT APPEARS UNACCEPTABLE FOR OUR LEGAL SYSTEM AND FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS is that the Greek sentence, with a total prison sentence of up to 16 years, according to their criminal law can be totally converted into a fine / economic sanction by the defendants, which therefore were sentenced but will not serve a single day in prison: € 20 for each day of imprisonment for the president and CEO of the shipping company, € 10 per day for the ANEK manager on board and € 5 per day for the two condemned sailors. And the sentence is suspended up to the second degree (as is also the case in Italy).

This means that the entire measure of the prison sentence will be converted into the payment of a fine, an economic sentence; the defendants, found responsible for the deaths of 10 people on board and 19 missing at sea, in the disaster that occurred due to the serious violation of the rules of prudence and maritime law, will not serve even a day in prison in Greece, with a sentence only on card to 16 years.

In fact, due to the new Greek penal code, all penalties are reduced to the maximum limit set now by the Hellenic law in case of multiple manslaughter, i.e. 5 years.

We Italian lawyers and citizens will have to carry out many reflections on the meaning and scope of the Greek sentence which, in any case, only minimally concerns the defendants in the Italian trial on the sinking of the NORMAN ATLANTIC, but one thing is certain, the passengers who filed as civil parties in the Italian criminal trial, most of which are of Greek nationality, in our country can count on a system of justice that is certainly slower and more complicated, but for sure also more rigorous. In Greece one cannot morally say that Justice has been served.

Our criminal legal system does not allow them defendants to get away so easily with the conversion of such an important prison sentence into money; in Italy for sentences of over 4 years you go to prison, as well as in the case of the 16-year sentence that captain Schettino has been serving in prison for about 3 years now, for the Concordia disaster.

Given that the new Greek penal code has halved the sentences and allows prison convictions to be converted into a sum of money, 20 euros a day on a 16-year sentence for the death of 10 people and 19 missing, it is easily transformed (16 years > 5,844 days x 20 euros = 116,880 euros) and zero days in prison, while with the reduction to 5 years the sum drops to 36,500 euros.

We often complain about Italian criminal law, but this stuff here for a mass disaster victim’s lawyer is really a shocking sentence, it is not about justicialism, but facing multiple homicides and the proof achieved on a corporate practice devoted to maximizing profits , converting 16 years of prison into a fine of 20 euros a day, means denying the families of the victims even for a moral sentence: and as we always say there is no peace without justice.


CONCORDIA JUDGMENT ESTABLISH RIGHTS EVEN FOR PASSENGERS OF NORMAN ATLANTIC

IMG_6830Our pool of lawyers, who followed also the Concordia trial, gets the highest liquidation ever for damages to passengers – without physical injuries – of the  ship sunken out of the island of Giglio: the Court of Grosseto sentenced to 16 years in prison Captain Francesco Schettino and condemns Costa Cruises company to pay compensation to passengers who were constituted as civil parties in the criminal trial.

The Court of Grosseto, in ONLY TWO YEARS OF TRIAL, sentenced to 16 years in prison Captain Francesco Schettino and condemns Costa Cruises company to pay compensation to passengers who were constituted as civil parties in the criminal trial.

Liquidation basis of € 30.000,00, but ONLY FOR OUR CLIENTS, compensation rise up to euro 50.000,00 each, almost FIVE TIMES THE ORIGINAL OFFER ACCEPTED BY MOST PASSENGERS, demonstrating the quality of our efforts and the convenience of action for damages in the criminal trial.

IMG_6674Other law firms speak of possibilities, we DO the facts and we have made a difference. NO ONE of the Greek or the international law firms WAS IN CRIMINAL CONCORDIA TRIAL and has  obtained compensation like our clients in this case. No one. They all closed their client’s positions with minor negotiations.

And this is only a down payment as provisional, subject to the final settlement in a civil trial where we can demonstrate the presence of additional damage and get to the final condemn to pay, as requested, of 150/300 thousand euro per passenger, according to the different proportion of biological damage demonstrated by each one, according to medical advices from our experts.

  • Granted the right to compensation for damage suffered as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) to our clients, even in the absence of specific pharmacological therapies and medical certifications.
  • Granted the right to reimbursement of damages for loss of personal property on board the ship
  • Granted the right to the reimbursement of legal expenses

IMG_6817Needless to say, in this regard, that expectations of compensation for Norman Atlantic’s passengers are objectively and greatly higher than those of the Costa Concordia, as their experience was, except in rare cases, dramatically more intense, both from the point of view of psychological and physical stress, both for the duration of the catastrophic experience, lasting up to 72 hours compared to a few hours in which occurred the sinking of the Costa Concordia.

In many cases the loss of personal property is infinitely higher, since the N.A. was not a cruise ship but a ferry, with people traveling on their cars full of all their objects and goods, and many expensive transporting trucks and also shippers lost merchandise of enormous value

For passengers of #NormanAtlantic, therefore, it is urgent to participate immediately to the ongoing criminal proceedings in Bari, and learn from the experience of others: do not make the same mistake as many passengers of Concordia, who readily accepted an initial proposal (11.00,00 euro) or being cut off the criminal trial, as some decided to follow the consumer associations or international law firms who have deluded about compensation millionaires through the class action or civil cases that still await an end and never reach these levels.

Through the Concordia sentence we can make the following remarks:

  • We got the recognition of entitlement for passengers to grant a compensation for PTSD from a shipwreck, and not only to physical damage;
  • we deployed a request for punitive damages and we will once again in the NA case.
  • We have shown that the offers made by companies, according to their criteria (dealing on consumer associations) are unacceptable, and they were sentenced to up to five times the final offer (take or leave it) that Costa Crociere did.
  • We have demonstrated to the insurance companies that the criminal trial is not an infinite ordeal and in only two years we got them to pay up to 50 thousand euro as a provisional down payment, 5 times more.
  • We are dealing with the same insurance company (P&I) of Costa Crociere, and then the negotiations will have to take account of the results that we got, and who we are
  • This amount (50 thousand euro) will then, for our pool that has achieved provisional results, raise the initial parameter for Compensation for passengers of Norman Atlantic.

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