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20:10 29 February 2016

3 ex-TEPCO execs indicted over Fukushima nuclear disaster

TOKYO, Feb. 29, Kyodo

Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. were indicted Monday for allegedly failing to take measures to prevent the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, which was struck by massive tsunami waves five years ago.

The indictment, which was mandated last year by an independent panel of citizens after prosecutors decided against laying charges, will be followed by a trial in which the focus will be to what extent plant operators are obliged to take preventive steps against nuclear accidents that could bring disastrous consequences.

The three, who were indicted without being taken into custody on charges of negligence resulting in death and injury, are Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, chairman of TEPCO at the time, and two former vice presidents -- Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69.

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