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1. By leaving his ship before all passengers and crew were accounted for, did the captain of the Costa Concordia commit a crime?

According to the International Maritime Organization, each ship is subject to the laws of the country to which it is registered. In Italy, the flag of the Costa Concordia, leaving a ship before passengers and crew are accounted for is considered a crime. Under US law, a captain who abandons ship may or may not be charged with a crime.

According to the International Maritime Organization, each ship is subject to the laws of the country to which it is registered. In Italy, the flag of the Costa Concordia, leaving a ship before passengers and crew are accounted for is considered a crime. Under US law, a captain who abandons ship may or may not be charged with a crime.

According to the International Maritime Organization, each ship is subject to the laws of the country to which it is registered. In Italy, the flag of the Costa Concordia, leaving a ship before passengers and crew are accounted for is considered a crime. Under US law, a captain who abandons ship may or may not be charged with a crime.

According to the International Maritime Organization, each ship is subject to the laws of the country to which it is registered. In Italy, the flag of the Costa Concordia, leaving a ship before passengers and crew are accounted for is considered a crime. Under US law, a captain who abandons ship may or may not be charged with a crime.

No. He broke a moral code, not a legal statute.

 

Yes. He could be criminally charged in any court in the world.

 

Maybe. It depends on the laws of the nation where the ship was registered.

 

Maybe. It depends on whether the ship was in international or territorial waters when the accident occurred.

 
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