“Tokyo, Feb. 29 (Jiji Press)–Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> were forcibly indicted Monday by court-appointed lawyers serving as prosecutors over the unprecedented triple meltdown at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
The three–former TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, and former vice presidents Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69–were charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury over the accident.
Following the indictment, filed with Tokyo District Court, the criminal responsibility of the former executives for the disaster will be sought for the first time in court, more than five years after the accident began at the plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The trials are not expected to start until next year, due to the time that will be needed to establish key points of contention and gather evidence to prove professional negligence, sources familiar with the situation said.
In the court trials, all three executives are expected to claim that they could not foresee such a huge tsunami before the disaster.”