The Mexican justice ordered criminal prosecution of eight former officials for the collapse of a section of the Mexico City Metro in May 2021, which left 26 dead and some 80 injured, reported this Wednesday (07.20.2022) the lawyer of some of the victims.
“For the time being, they have all been linked to the process,” Teófilo Benítez, who advises some of those affected by the accident, told reporters.
The defendants were directors and responsible for the construction, design, and safety of the work, and will be tried for manslaughter, wrongful injury, and damage to the property of others.
However, due to the fact that none of these crimes merits informal preventive detention, the precautionary measures imposed on the eight defendants will allow them to continue the process in freedom.
The elevated section that collapsed belongs to Line 12, which was built during the mayoralty of today’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard (2006-2012), one of the main contenders for the presidential candidacy of the Morena party of leftist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The defendants served during Ebrard’s tenure as mayor.
No official of the current mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, another great competitor for the official presidential candidacy, has been singled out for the accident.
Gabriel Regino, a lawyer for some of the accused former officials, denounces an attempt to protect Sheinbaum’s political ambitions. “If the true cause of the Line 12 tragedy is investigated (…), the case would escalate to the current Head of Government and affect her presidential aspirations,” Regino wrote on Twitter last week.
In a brief statement to the media, Ulises Lara, spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office, specified that the former public servants had “a clear, indubitable responsibility, they had the level of command, the necessary expertise and extensive knowledge of the subject in question. “.