3 Ex-TEPCO Execs Reiterate Not Guilty Plea over N-Accident

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Tokyo, March 12 (Jiji Press)--Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> reiterated their not guilty plea during a trial on Tuesday over the Japanese company's nuclear accident eight years ago.

"There was no predictability of massive tsunami and it's obvious that they are free from blame," their lawyers said at Tokyo District Court.

The court is expected to issue rulings as early as summer this year on the three--former Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 78, and former Vice Presidents Sakae Muto, 68, and Ichiro Takekuro, 72, as hearings of the trial ended on Tuesday.

The defense side said the government's long-term earthquake forecast used as the basis of TEPCO's own tsunami estimate compiled in March 2008 was unreliable.

The TEPCO estimate predicted that tsunami as high as 15.7 meters might hit the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, the scene of the March 11, 2011, triple reactor meltdown.

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