TOKYO: ‘ PROSECUTORS REFUSE TO CHARGE THREE FORMER TEPCO EXECUTIVES OVER FUKUSHIMA DISASTER ‘
#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – October 24 – Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters said.
A citizens’ panel ruled in July that three former TEPCO executives should be indicted over the nuclear disaster, and the Tokyo’s District Prosecutors Office started to reinvestigate the case.
Prosecutorial Review Commissions, made up of citizen appointees, are a rarely used but high-profile feature of Japan’s legal system introduced after World War Two to curb bureaucratic over-reach.
They were given the power to force prosecutions in 2009.
Last year, prosecutors declined to charge more than 30 TEPCO and government officials.