Three former Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives were indicted on Monday for failing to take safety measures to prevent the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011, a Tokyo District Court official said.

The three include former chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, and former executive vice presidents Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro.
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The indictments, forced through by a civilian judicial panel, are the first against officials at Tepco. The executives will face charges of professional negligence resulting in injury and death.

The prosecutors had opted not to take action against the former executives citing insufficient evidence, but a civilian judiciary panel forced the indictment when it ruled last July that they should be charged.

The three, who are indicted without arrest, are likely to plead not guilty and the trial is expected to start next year, local media reported.