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東電旧経営陣に無罪判決原発事故で刑事裁判

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Tokyo ... (TEPCO)
東京電力
exec (= executive
)幹部(後出 chairman は会長)
district court
地方裁判所
rule
裁定する(写真説明 ruling は判決)
professional negligence
業務上過失致死傷罪のこと
nuclear (power) plant
原子力発電所(後出 nuclear はここでは原発の)
foresee
予見する(後出 anticipate は予想する)
flood
浸水させる
elderly
高齢の
deteriorate
悪化する
forced evacuation
強制的な避難
criminal trial
刑事裁判
file a criminal complaint
刑事告訴する(後出 appeal は控訴する)
prosecutor
検察官
(be) accused of ~
~で罪に問われる
take measures
対策を講じる
plead not guilty
無罪を主張する
【写真説明】demonstrator
抗議する人
unjust
不当な
Demonstrators hold placards reading "unjust ruling" in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Sept. 19. (Mainichi)

TEPCO execs not guilty in Fukushima disaster   

The Tokyo District Court ruled on Sept. 19 that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant because ensuring absolute safety at such plants was not then a government requirement.

The court said there was no proof ex-Chairman Katsumata Tsunehisa, 79, and two other former executives, Muto Sakae, 69, and Takekuro Ichiro, 73, could have foreseen that a tsunami could flood the plant.

The court also found the three were not guilty of causing the deaths of 44 elderly patients whose health deteriorated during or after forced evacuations. The case was the only criminal trial related to the nuclear accident.

Lawyers representing the 5,700 Fukushima Prefecture residents who filed the criminal complaint said they would push prosecutors to appeal the decision.

The executives were accused of failing to anticipate the tsunami that hit the Fukushima nuclear plant and of failing to take measures that might have protected the facility. They pleaded not guilty at the trial's opening session in June 2017. (AP)

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