Ex boss of Japan's nuke safety body under scanner over alleged 'negligence at Fukushima'

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 04, 2013 09:50 hrs

The former head of Japan's nuclear safety body is facing possible criminal charges in relation to alleged negligence of the Fukushima crisis in 2011.

Former chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission Haruki Madarame has been questioned by police over the disaster which unfolded at the nuclear power plant in northeastern Fukushima two years ago.

According to the Telegraph, Madarame, who was responsible for providing technical information to the government at the time, appeared voluntarily before prosecutors to be questioned about the disaster.

The questioning followed Fukushima residents filing a criminal complaint against him, with charges reportedly relating to suspicion of professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries as a result of the disaster, the paper said.

According to NHK, the national broadcaster, residents have claimed that Madarame was responsible for a delay in releasing critical data that would predict how radiation would spread from the power plant in the aftermath of the disaster.

Madarame was further accused of allegedly failed to take the necessary precautions to protect the plant from natural disasters before the tsunami struck, the paper said.

Prosecutors are already believed to have questioned executives of the plant operators Tokyo Electric Power Co, which has also been widely criticised for its handling of the disaster, it added. (ANI)

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