Ja­pan ac­quits 3 in Fukushima crim­i­nal trial

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Tokyo: AJa­panese court ruled on Thurs­day that three for­mer ex­ec­u­tives of Tokyo Elec­tric Power Com­pany were not guilty of pro­fes­sional neg­li­gence in the 2011 disas­ter at the Fukushima nu­clear power plant be­cause en­sur­ing ab­so­lute safety at nu­clear plants was not a gov­ern­ment re­quire­ment at that time.

It said there is no proof they could have fore­seen that a tsunami could flood the plant the way it did in 2011. The rul­ing ended the only crim­i­nal trial re­lated to the nu­clear ac­ci­dent. Mi­ami: A me­chanic ac­cused of sab­o­tag­ing an Amer­i­can Air­lines jet­liner had ex­pressed a de­sire for Allah to hurt non-Mus­lims, stored vi­o­lent Is­lamic State videos on his cell­phone and has a brother in Iraq pos­si­bly in­volved with the ex­trem­ist group, ac­cord­ing to new ev­i­dence un­veiled at his bail hear­ing Wed­nes­day.

US mag­is­trate judge Chris McAliley cited those rev­e­la­tions from pros­e­cu­tors in or­der­ing pre­trial de­ten­tion for Ab­dul-Ma­jeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at the hear­ing in Mi­ami fed­eral court. Alani is ac­cused of dis­abling a crit­i­cal nav­i­ga­tion com­po­nent on the Boe­ing 737, which had 150 pas­sen­gers and crew aboard.

Other ev­i­dence re­vealed was that Alani, 60, re­cently sent a $700 wire trans­fer to some­one in Iraq — where he has ex­tended fam­ily — and that he trav­elled to Iraq in March but did not dis­close that to au­thor­i­ties af­ter his ar­rest. Pros­e­cu­tors also pre­sented ev­i­dence that he has a brother in Iraq who may be in­volved with the IS ex­trem­ist group.

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