MEXICO CITY, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Mexican International Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Tuesday defended his position in constructing a metro rail throughout his time as Mexico Metropolis mayor, a day after officers ordered 10 individuals and firms to face expenses for the road’s lethal collapse.
The Mexico Metropolis Lawyer Basic’s workplace on Monday mentioned it could current expenses for murder, accidents and property harm tied to the Might accident, which killed 26 individuals.
Ebrard, who oversaw the venture whereas serving as mayor between 2006 and 2012, has repeatedly rejected the notion of any wrongdoingwithin the line’s building, which was discovered to have significant flaws by an independent auditor.
“It is rather troublesome for the mayor to oversee … a consortium with many corporations taking part. I did what I needed to do, in any other case I’d not be right here, I couldn’t present my face,” Ebrard mentioned at a information convention. “Those that are charged will quickly current their defenses.”
The Lawyer Basic’s workplace, in its assertion, didn’t title the ten people and the authorized representatives of corporations who’ve been known as to look earlier than a decide on Oct. 25 to listen to expenses.
An legal professional who mentioned he represented 5 of the accused individuals, together with Enrique Horcasitas, basic director of the Line 12 venture underneath Ebrard, mentioned they weren’t given satisfactory time to construct a protection earlier than the listening to.
“We face an investigation that has been evidently manipulated, that has been biased and that has dedicated numerous human rights violations towards my shoppers,” legal professional Gabriel Regino mentioned in an interview on Tuesday with Mexico’s W Radio.
The Lawyer Basic’s workplace final week known as on corporations to reach settlement deals to keep away from prolonged authorized processes.
Reporting by Cassandra Garrison; extra reporting by Lizbeth Diaz and Adriana Barrera; Modifying by Invoice Berkrot, William Maclean
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