BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Two former transportation secretaries in Argentina have been convicted to prison sentences related to a 2012 train accident that left 51 people dead and hundreds injured.
The Federal Criminal Court convicted Juan Pablo Schiavi to eight years for defrauding the public administration and involuntary manslaughter because of the high number of deaths. Ricardo Jaime got six years for a defrauding charge.
The train operator and other several officials from the company that oversaw the train line were given sentences ranging from three to nine years.
The accident happened when a packed morning commuter train rammed into a platform in the busy Once station in Buenos Aires.
It put a spotlight on industries privatized in the 1990s. In the aftermath, then President Cristina Fernandez nationalized and began modernizing the rail system.