“Prioritize the relevant cases and, if you decide, assign them to the highest level of investigation,” the prime minister demanded on behalf of the government.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a letter to Supreme Court lawyer Isidoros Togiakou regarding the accident in Tempe.
Mr. Mitsotakis says, “Prioritizing requests on behalf of the government. Related cases and assigning them, if you think so, to the highest level of investigation.”
The Prime Minister further noted, “Criminal assessment of systematic errors particularly in the railway sector, including delay in completion of necessary technical upgrades of related infrastructure, continue irrespective of the progress of the work of the expert committee appointed to assess them from administrative and technical perspective”.
Mr. Mitsotakis, Mr. Concluding in the letter to Dogiakos, once the panel is finished, its decision will certainly be communicated to the prosecuting authorities conducting the investigation, so that it becomes part of the case file.
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It is worth recalling that yesterday, Kyriakos Mitsotakis issued his own apology for the terrible accident in Tempi that left the whole of Greece in mourning.
“I try to put my thoughts into order and my feelings into words,” said Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who posted on his personal Facebook account.
“As Prime Minister, I owe everyone, but above all to the relatives of the victims, a big apology. Personally, and in the name of all those who ruled the country for many years. Because, in fact, in Greece in the year 2023, it is impossible for two trains to go in opposite directions on the same track, and no one notices, ” asserted the Prime Minister at the outset.
“We can’t, we don’t want to, we shouldn’t hide behind human error,” the prime minister added, stressing that “if the remote control program had been completed, this accident could not have happened.”
In fact, he added, “it is inexcusable that the digital control system will be fully functional in the coming months.” Opposite. “Not being able to finish it before the worst happens makes my pain worse,” says Mr. Mitsotakis, adding that “even this is not enough.”
Justice will speedily investigate this tragedy
In another part of the recording, he asserted that the judiciary would soon investigate the tragedy and provide accountability.
“In the next few days, the competent minister will announce interventions to immediately improve the safety of railways till the completion of the electronic management system. Now, we have a duty to boldly admit the government’s wrongdoing and stand with the victims’ families.
But even these are not enough. I will immediately ask the European Commission and the Allies for their help so that we can finally get modern trains. And I will fight for additional community funding to maintain and rapidly develop the existing network.”
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