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Daemon
Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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Train Derailment in Spain Kills at Least 80

The operator of a high-speed train that derailed in Spain on Wednesday evening, killing at least 80 of its 247 passengers and injuring dozens more, is under investigation for failing to maintain a safe speed. A security camera captured footage of the train hurtling around a curved stretch of track before flying off the rails, and the driver has reportedly admitted that the train was traveling at more than double the speed limit when the derailment occurred. Spain's prime minister has declared three days of official mourning in the wake of the disaster, one of Europe's worst rail incidents in recent decades. More...
TheParser
Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 9:51:33 AM
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If the engineer (driver) is actually to blame, then he should be executed. There is absolutely no excuse for such irresponsible behavior. If the accident is his fault, then he is a mass murderer. The pain felt by the victims' families cannot be described.
nomadwa
Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 10:36:14 AM
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TheParser wrote:
If the engineer (driver) is actually to blame, then he should be executed. There is absolutely no excuse for such irresponsible behavior. If the accident is his fault, then he is a mass murderer. The pain felt by the victims' families cannot be described.



I'm not sure Strasbourg would agree with you!
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 6:15:33 PM
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nomadwa wrote:
TheParser wrote:
If the engineer (driver) is actually to blame, then he should be executed. There is absolutely no excuse for such irresponsible behavior. If the accident is his fault, then he is a mass murderer. The pain felt by the victims' families cannot be described.



I'm not sure Strasbourg would agree with you!


nomadwa, when you refer to "Strasbourg," I gather you mean one of the three courts based there: The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the European Court of Justice (ECJ), or the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). It is the latter institution that is charged with adjudicating claims made under The European Convention on Human Rights which under Protocol 6 restricts the death penalty in signatory states to "times of war" or the "imminent threat of war." Spain is a signatory to the Convention.

Is this what you meant; that even if the train driver were sentenced to death under Spanish law, his attorneys could appeal to the ECtHR?

By the way, because the Spanish Constitution bans capital punishment, the issue would almost certainly not arise.


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