Mexico Metro accident victims call for investigation

Victims of the collapse of line 12 of the Mexico City subway on May 3 demanded this Friday to have “immediate access” to the investigation and regretted that they had not been included in the process, according to the lawyers of 22 of the victims.

The legal advisor of the relatives, Cristopher Estupiñan, criticized “that the Prosecutor’s Office and its head, Ernestina Godoy, have not involved the victims in this entire investigation process, and that it is the date on which they are not given access to the folders when it is a constitutional right, “according to a statement.

Estupiñan sued the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office (FGJ-CDMX) for immediate access to the investigation folder in order to “proceed with the civil action before United States courts” against the companies involved.

As he detailed, the lawyers or the victims had not been informed that last Thursday the opinion of the FGJ-CDMX would come out and everything indicates, he considered, that they want to “keep them on the sidelines”, but he assured that they will not accept any compensation.

On May 3, an elevated bridge collapsed between the Olivos and San Lorenzo stations, in the Tláhuac mayor’s office, causing the wagon to run aground in a “v” shape, leaving 26 dead and 98 injured.

The FGJ-CDMX assured on Thursday that the collapse of subway line 12, which left 26 deaths in May, occurred due to construction errors, which is why it will present the first complaints.

The prosecutor’s office presented the results of its independent expert opinion commissioned by the Government of Mexico City to the DNV company, in which it found “deficiencies” in the placement of bolts (screws) and in the design.

“The collapse was fundamentally caused by errors in its construction, which contributed to significantly accelerate the cinematic of the collapse,” Ulises Lara López, spokesperson for the FGJ-CDMX, told the media.

On Thursday, after the presentation of the ruling, another law firm representing nine victims assured that the capital’s government seeks to “clean its image.”

“What the FGJ-CDMX is doing is that no official and former official of the Capital Government has responsibility for the misfortune that left a balance of 26 dead and more than 90 injured,” added lawyer Teófilo Benítez.

Benítez said that, by blaming companies and individuals, Godoy intends to clean up the image of the head of government, Claudia Sheinbaum, who is a possible presidential candidate for the 2024 elections.

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