The prominent Spanish human rights judge Baltasar Garzón will represent the Dominican Republic in a lawsuit against the driver and company responsible for last week's train derailment, killing 79 people in Spain.
The Dominican government hired Garzón, who was recently hired to lead the legal team for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, to represent them and the family of Rosalina Ynoa, a top official in the country who died in the train wreck. It would be among the first lawsuits in connection to the fatal crash.
Ynoa, 43, was an official of the Ministry of Economy Planning and Development who was in Madrid to prepare for the Ibero-American Summit in mid-October, according to the Listin Diario.
She was on her way to visit family members when the train derailed. Her body was missing for days.
Garzón is best known for issuing international warrants for the arrest of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998 for the alleged deaths and torture of Spanish citizens. He was expelled as a judge in Spain – charged with corruption and money laundering – after he began investigating crimes committed during the Spanish fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Garzón is appealing the decision, though he is allowed to practice law.
Garzón will join Dominican lawyer Radhamés Jiménez Peña in filing a lawsuit against the Spanish train driver, Francisco Jose Garzón Amo, who admitted he was recklessly exceeding the speed limit at the time of the accident on July 24. Garzón Amo, 52, was traveling at 95 miles-per-hour – almost twice the 50 mile-per-hour speed limit.
The Alvia 151 train was carrying 218 passengers when it slammed into a concrete wall in Spain.
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