(ANSA) - GENOA, OCTOBER 15 - The first preliminary hearing for the collapse of the Morandi bridge, the A10 motorway viaduct in Genoa collapsed on August 14, 2018, killing 43 people. 59 people are accused in addition to the two companies Aspi and Spea (the company that was involved in monitoring and maintenance). The charges range from multiple negligent homicide, to negligent disaster, from willful collapse to false.
This morning, according to expectations, the lawyers of the former CEO Giovanni Castellucci and five others will ask the court of appeal for the refusal of the judge for the preliminary hearing Paola Faggioni because she had already issued the precautionary measures as part of the investigation into dangerous sound-absorbing barriers.
For the acting chief prosecutor Francesco Pinto "the gupnon is to be rejected because he has not expressed any prejudice".
The hearings, three times a week until December, will be celebrated in the tensile structure mounted inside the court atrium to comply with anti-contagion measures.
According to the prosecutors Massimo Terrile and Walter Cotugno, with the adjunct Paolo D'ovidio, the bridge would have collapsed due to the lack of maintenance in the perspective of maximum savings for maximum profit and the power to increase shareholder dividends.
At the end of the preliminary hearing, the judge will decide who to send for trial.