BUENOS AIRES – An Argentine prosecutor requested Monday a trial with preventive incarceration for the businessmen who organized the Time Warp electronic music festival in Buenos Aires, at which five young people died from consuming synthetic drugs last April, judicial sources told EFE.
Prosecutor Federico Delgado says proof exists that Victor Stinfale, Adrian Conci, Maximiliano Avila, Carlos Garat and Martin Gontad, identified by the Attorney General’s Office as organizers of the Time Warp festival, “created conditions for selling drugs and left people to consume them in a way that caused five deaths.”
The evidence gathered by Delgado shows the festival was attended by some 10,000 people more than the permitted capacity and that there was “a free circulation of drugs (despite the presence of private security and public safety representatives).”
He also spoke of “little or poor medical attention, little control of people entering, which allowed teens under the age of 18 to attend,” and “the exploitation of these singular circumstances to boost the price of an element that proved to be decisive: water.”
Without drinking water, people who take synthetic drugs expose themselves to grave risks, including high body temperatures and tachycardia.
“We’re basically talking about the creation of a social space outside of any public control, which made Time Warp a kind of free market where those wanting to sell and buy banned drugs could meet” Delgado said.
In the prosecutor’s opinion, “it is evident that there are procedural risks that can block the state’s application of criminal law,” and “in order to avoid those risks,” he requests that “together with the court procedures, the measure of preventive incarceration be applied.”
Last April 16, Time Warp took the lives of five young people between ages 20-25, all males, who consumed synthetic drugs at the event.