5 board crew members of Costa Crociere have been placed under investigation as part of a new probe, which is related to the tragedy of January 2012, which led to the deaths of 32 people.
The executives are being probed for potential collusion in the crimes of dereliction of duty and manslaughter, which the captain of Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, and other crew members are being accused of.
Top executives from parent company Carnival also sit on Costa Crociere's board.
The new investigation is a independent from the 1 involving Capt. Schettino that led to a preliminary hearing this week.
The 2nd probe has been opened after a group of lawyers representing some of the travelers on the Costa Concordia on its fateful journey, grouped together in the "Justice for Concordia" association, reported the company's management to authorities in April for their potential involvement in the incident.
Prosecutors are only investigating executives that were sitting on the board at the time of the accident of Costa Concordia, on 13th of January, 2012, sources reported. "It's an obligatory step," the Grosseto prosecutors reported when asked about the new investigation, without commenting further.