A Tokyo court has cleared three power-company executives of criminal negligence relating to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The 19 September ruling acquitted Tsunehisa Katsumata, Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro, formerly of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which operated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Three of the plant’s six reactors melted down after the magnitude-9 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 11 March 2011. The disaster led to the evacuation of roughly 150,000 people in the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
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Lawyers who accused three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) of negligence over the Fukushima nuclear crisis criticized the acquittal of the defendants, with one of them saying that the court “showed consideration to the government’s nuclear power policy.” Five lawyers, who served as prosecutors in the trial of the three former TEPCO executives, who were forcibly indicted after a prosecution inquest panel decided twice that they should be indicted, have thoroughly pursued the three former executives’ responsibility for the March 2011 accident. The forcible indictment came after the public prosecutors’ office concluded that they could not hold the three criminally responsible for the disaster.
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