(Mexico) Carlos Slim, Mexico’s richest man, struck a deal with authorities in Mexico City on Wednesday to help finance the reconstruction of a metro line that collapsed last May, killing 26 people.
The giant behind the telecommunications and construction companies, its subsidiary Grupo Carso, has often announced that it will draft a bill to rebuild the collapsed sector in addition to strengthening other vulnerable sectors to protect infrastructure from earthquakes.
In a statement to stock markets, Group Corso clarified that the initiative was not responsible for the disaster. She also argued that the project would not have a physical impact on the company’s business.
On Monday, Mexico City Justice announced that criminal cases would be filed against ten “individuals and companies” who are believed to be responsible for the design and structural defects that caused the collapse.
In its statement, Grupo stated that Carso had made his own decisions regarding the cause of the crash, but that he did not want to publicize the matter.
In the past, some companies that were involved in the construction of the metro a few decades ago have claimed that subsequent renovations have the effect of adding more weight to the suspended segment.
The prosecutors, who are responsible for the prosecution, said the prosecution aimed to make the criminal companies pay for the physical damage to the infrastructure and the families of the victims.
Grupo Carso says he wants to do both.
Charges in court include homicide or criminal negligence, causing damage and harm to the body.
According to local media, former city officials were among the accused. No arrest warrant has been issued. The accused were told to appear in court on October 25.
In the opinion of experts consulted by the prosecution, it collapsed due to structural defects such as poor welding or missing parts. Poor design also plays a role in disaster.