Kyriakos Mitsotakis sued by families of Greek train crash victims

train crash in GreeceThe families of the victims of the train crash in Greece that killed 57 people on 28 February 2023 have filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the victims’ representative announced.

“It is an important day today, more important than Sunday’s elections. This complaint concerns 16 elected and appointed people,” Christos Konstantinidis stressed on Tuesday in front of the court in Larissa, a town near the crash site.

Greece train crash left 57 dead

The rail disaster occurred on the night of 28 February, when a passenger train collided head-on with a freight train north of the town of Larisa, killing 57 people, most of them students. Thousands of Greeks took to the streets after the accident to demand punishment for those responsible, and the protests resulted in clashes with police.

At the time, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis apologised to the families of the victims. “As prime minister, I owe everyone, but especially the relatives of the victims, an apology. In Greece of 2023, it is not possible for two trains to run in opposite directions on the same line and for no one to notice,” the prime minister wrote in a message on his official Facebook account.

Hellenic Train has announced that it will compensate each family of the 57 passengers killed in the train crash in Greece on 28 February with an “advance payment” of EUR 42,000.

Injured passengers will receive compensation of between EUR 5,000 and EUR 10,000, depending on their injuries and length of hospitalisation, the company announced. Hellenic Train, the Greek rail operator owned by Italian state-owned Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane (FS), said the compensation “does not in any way constitute an acceptance of liability on the part of the company” under the EU regulation. The Greek government has already announced that it will compensate each family that has lost a loved one in the accident with a monthly pension of EUR 1,600 and forgiveness of debts to the state.

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