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Rejecting a decision by prosecutors, an independent judicial panel of citizens said July 31 that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. should be indicted over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The Tokyo No. 5 Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution said charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury are warranted against former TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and two former vice presidents, Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro.

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office had decided not to indict 42 people, including the three former TEPCO executives.

In response to the inquest committee’s decision, however, the prosecutors office will reinvestigate the case to decide whether to indict the three.

If prosecutors again decide not to indict them but the inquest committee maintains its stance that they should be held criminally responsible for the disaster, the three will be indicted mandatorily and stand trial.

 

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Inquest panel calls for indictments against former TEPCO executives (Asahi Newspaper)


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