Court-appointed lawyers representing the victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster appealed the original ruling in the criminal negligence case against three TEPCO executives. The trio plead not guilty as the new trial opened in Japan. An initial trial resulted in an acquittal of the executives. The appeal is based on a claim by the court-appointed lawyers that the original trial included “factual errors”.
The case has centered around the accusation that TEPCO executives knew of the risk to Fukushima Daiichi from a potential tsunami but repeatedly refused to act on
that information and instead took steps to bury the reports that documented the risk to the power plant. In the previous trial, the execs tried to blame underlings and each other for the failings of the company.
We documented the original trial and testimony, that reporting can be found here.
Check back for updates as the new trial takes place.
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