Fairplay Daily News March 2, 2006
The former crewmen of the Greek ferry Express Samina, which sank in September 2000 killing 80 people, were convicted on January 27 of serious offenses.
Ship Captain Vassilis Yiannakis was sentenced to 16 years in jail while chief officer Tassos Psychogios was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment. The two officials were convicted of manslaughter and other offenses.
Another five crewmen and two company officials were found guilty of misdemeanor charges.
Constantinos Klironomos and Nokos Vicatos, managers responsible for ferry operator Minoan Flying Dolphins, received sentences of four years each.
The court attributed the ferry disaster to human error and to the failure of the crew to follow safety procedures.
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