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Youth Drugged at Buenos Aires Music Fest Released from Hospital

BUENOS AIRES – The Argentine teenager who was hospitalized on April 16 after attending an electronic music festival in Buenos Aires, at which five people died, has been released, while another three whose health seems to be slowly improving remain in intensive care, medical sources said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old youth, who had been admitted to Rivadavia Hospital in Buenos Aires, was sent home Monday afternoon and continues being treated as an outpatient, while the two young men and a woman between ages 19 and 24, who are in another medical center, are in critical but stable condition, according to the medical report issued Tuesday by the Argentine capital’s Health Ministry.

One of the men shows improvement in all clinical categories, but continues to be given full artificial respiration, while the other two are gradually beginning to breathe normally and one even appears to be “lucid.”

Five young men between the ages of 20 and 25 died at the event, apparently after taking designer drugs.

Federal Judge Sebastian Casanello, who is directing the investigation, decided last Friday to preventively suspend the production of any private or public event in Buenos Aires by the companies that organized Time Warp.

In addition, Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta announced Monday that no more permits for events like Time Warp will be issued until city lawmakers approve a bill that legislates more signposting and other public information about healthcare center locations, and better training in matters like drug abuse for people involved in organizing such events.

Some 30 people implicated in the lawsuit must testify before the judge, including Adrian Conci, head of the event’s production company Dell Producciones, together with several members of the municipal government and of the private security firm employed to maintain order at the festival.

The federal court will review Tuesday the plea not to imprison Conci, who has been on the run since Casanello ordered his detention.

 

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