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Quake college proprietor jailed for 31 years in Mexico

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A Mexican court docket has sentenced the proprietor of a faculty the place 19 kids died in a 2017 earthquake to 31 years in jail for culpable murder.Mónica García Villegas had illegally constructed an condominium on prime of Mexico City’s Enrique Rébsame main college.The weight, over 200 tonnes, is believed to have contributed to the college’s collapse. Seven adults additionally died.García Villega, who was on the run for a yr, maintains her innocence and plans to enchantment in opposition to the decision.The collapsed college was probably the most harrowing image of the 7.1-magnitude quake.The tremor left greater than 360 folks useless and prompted main injury throughout states in central Mexico.It occurred on 19 September 2017 – precisely 32 years after the 8.0-magnitude earthquake killed about 10,000 folks throughout the nation.What did the court docket say?The court docket in Mexico City introduced the sentencing on Wednesday, a number of weeks after García Villega was discovered responsible of culpable murder.The court docket additionally ordered her to pay 400,200 Mexican pesos ($18,600; £14,400) for every of the victims to their households.The sentencing was met with some frustration by the victims’ households who had argued for an extended jail time period, the BBC’s Mexico correspondent Will Grant stories.Furthermore, they are saying it’s unimaginable that she acted alone and need the constructors and inspectors who turned a blind eye to unlawful constructing work to additionally face prices, our correspondent says.

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