Those affected by the accident of Spanair flight JK5022, which crashed at Barajas Airport 14 years ago today, remembered the 154 victims and 18 survivors this Saturday in an act that They have asked to be absolved of responsibilities and they believe that the president of the Congress of Deputies, Meritsel Batet, has managed to go around.
In an act held in the Juan Carlos I Park, in front of the memorial plaque to the victims of one of the most serious aviation accidents in the history of Spain, survivors and relatives of the dead described in detail their “unequal battle” against the authorities, investigators, justice and Mapfre, the insurance company.
At a press conference, the president of the Association of People Affected by JK5022, Pilar Vera, emphasized that after three years of work, finally last year, the investigative committee of the Congress of Deputies approved its opinion.
The opinion, which indicates 18 political positions related to the Ministry of Development, whose responsibility should be investigated by the prosecutor’s office, was approved by the plenary session of the Congress with 219 votes.
However, the President of the Chamber, Meritsel Batet, decided not to send the opinion to the General Prosecutor’s Office, “I don’t know if it was a personal decision to protect his colleagues or a decision at the Congressional table,” Vera condemned this Saturday. “If he wasn’t going to make his point, why three years of pantomime?” he asked.
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After describing the countless problems and obstacles encountered along the way, the president of the association assured that “despite fatigue and exhaustion” it will resist “in numbers in this battle for truth, justice and compensation”.
“There is no judicial or legislative independence in Spain; after all, it is the executive that has the upper hand; they haven’t stopped trying to cover it up and we’ve exposed it,” Vera pointed out.