An Argentinian judge is pursuing the promoters behind the recent planned two-night house and techno festival Time Warp in Buenos Aires to have them testify in court. Five individuals died from apparent drug overdoses on the first night and another four were hospitalized in critical condition.
According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, around 30 people have been implicated in a lawsuit against the organizers and must testify before federal judge Sebastian Casanello, who is directing the investigation. Some of those individuals include several members of the municipal government, members of the private security firm outsourced to keep order at the festival and Adrian Conci, the head of the local production company in Argentina, Dell Producciones.
According to the report, Conci has been "on the run" since Casanello ordered he appear in court.
When given the keys to the investigation last Friday, Casanello moved to suspend the production of any events in Buenos Aires by Time Warp.
This move was expanded on Monday even further by the Buenos Aires Mayor, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, who announced that the city would not issue any more permits for large scale electronic music festivals for the time being. He would like the city to pass a more comprehensive law that would serve to prevent these types of tragedies in the future with better training for staff and more public information.
According to The Costa Rica Star, one of the individuals hospitalized at Time Warp was released from the hospital and continues to be treated as an outpatient. The other three are in various stages of critical but stable condition.