Once tragedy in Argentina: condemn Secretaries of Transportation
An historic judgment, Jaime and Schiavi condemn and call for an investigation to De Vido.
Former officials of Cristina Kirchner received sentences of 6 and 8 years, respectively. There were also 19 other convictions: as of 9 years, businessman Claudio Cirigliano. For now, nobody will be arrested. See post about Once Tragedy.
In a judgment considered historic by the families of the victims, yesterday the Federal Court 2 unveiled sentences processed by the collision of a train in “Once”, in which 51 people, one of them pregnant died, and there were 789 wounded. The businessman Sergio Claudio Cirigliano, one of the owners of ferrocarrol -the concessionaire TBA Sarmiento, was sentenced to nine years in prison. Juan Pablo Schiavi, former Transportation Secretary’s Office, was sentenced to eight years and his predecessor, Ricardo Jaime, 6 years. And both were barred from ever holding public office. The engineer Marcos Córdoba, was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months. In addition, the judges asked to investigate whether former Federal Planning Minister Julio De Vido had responsibility for the tragedy.
The reading of the verdict lasted about half an hour. After nearly two years of trial and 134 hearings, there was sentence to 21 and 7 other defendants were acquitted. The ruling announced convictions in descending order. First, he reads the highest, who was 9 years Sergio Claudio Cirigliano for co-authoring mismanagement to the detriment of public administration, in real competition with the crime of guilty damage aggravated by causing the death of 51 people, more one by birth, and injuries to 789 others. In the room no sound was heard. But outside of the courts, where the families of the victims following the hearing through a giant screen, broke cries of “Justice!”.
Marcelo Calderon, former director of Cometrans -the company that supervised TBA, was sentenced to eight years in prison. The same punishment received the former manager of the dealership, Jorge Alvarez, and Schiavi, who was joined by the perpetual disqualification. Sergio Tempone, former COO of TBA, was sentenced to 7 years. Meanwhile, they received six years Carlo Michele Ferrari (former president of TBA), Jorge de los Reyes (Vice President TBA) and Carlos Esteban Pont Verges (director of TBA). Five years were sentenced TBA executives Victor Eduardo astrella, Laura Ballesteros, William D’Abenigno, Pafumi Francisco and Antonio Suarez, and his chief of rolling stock, Roque Cirigliano.
On the street, the enthusiasm was decaying because nothing was said about Ricardo Jaime. Finally, he announced to a sentence of 5 years perpetual disqualification from holding public office for mismanagement. But the Court decided to merge it with other previous convictions and sentenced him to 6 years disqualification. The former official was acquitted of willful slaughter. On the street, there were boos.
Daniel Lodola, former manager of Sarmiento, was sentenced to three years conditional. They were acquitted Mario Cirigliano, former auditors of the CNRT Antonio Sícaro and Pedro Ochoa Romero, Carlos Lluch (seized TBA), Daniel Rubio (former manager of Administration and Finance TBA), Miguel Werba (director of Cometrans) and Luis Ninona (former head of rolling stock TBA). Moreover, the Court asked the Justice investigate De Vido, who between 2003 and 2012 had to railways under its orbit. He announced that the reasons for the judgment will be read on March 30, 2016, at 13. Then the lawyers have 10 days to appeal.
When the hearing ended, some relatives of the condemned wept. From the back of the room shouting “Justice” of the families of the victims, who wept and hugged emerged. “Today condemned the corrupt who killed 52 innocent people and that’s a great lesson,” said Paolo Menghini, Lucas’s father, who said the ruling was “historic”. And he warned: “The struggle will end on that convictions are firm and sentenced behind bars.”