Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Japan Court clears former executives of any wrongdoing

Last Updated: Sep 19 2019 14:55
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A Japanese court on Thursday found three former executives accused of professional negligence in the Fukushima Nuclear disaster ‘not guilty’.

The Fukushima nuclear plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) was hit by a tsunami in 2011 causing a triple meltdown.

In the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, 44 people lost their lives. Though no one died directly because of the nuclear meltdown, more than 40 hospital patients died after having to be rushed out of the evacuation zone. Thirteen people were also injured in hydrogen explosions at the plant.

Three Former Executives- ex-chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 79, and vice-presidents Sakae Muto, 69 and Ichiro Takekuro, 73 were indicted for failing to implement tsunami countermeasures in the only criminal case to arise out of the disaster.

The trail against the three began in June 2017 and on Thursday, the court found all three men not guilty of professional negligence resulting in death and injury.