Ex-deputy chief cleared over Akashi crush
Yomiuri -- Feb 21

The Kobe District Court on Wednesday dismissed a case in which a former deputy police chief was indicted on suspicion of failing to prevent a fatal crush on a pedestrian overpass in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, in July 2001, because the statute of limitations had run out.

Kazuaki Sakaki had been suspected of professional negligence causing injury and death over the accident in which 11 people died and 183 were injured.

The accident occurred when too many people who had come to watch a fireworks show held by the Akashi municipal government near the beach crammed onto a pedestrian bridge.

A prosecution inquest committee had decided on the mandatory indictment of Sakaki, a former deputy chief at Akashi Police Station. However, presiding Judge Tetsuya Okuda said there was no negligence to recognize and the statute of limitations had expired before the mandatory indictment, effectively acquitting Sakaki.

12年前、兵庫県明石市で起きた歩道橋事故の裁判で、神戸地裁は、強制起訴された元副­署長の刑事責任を問えないとし、裁判を打ち切る判断をしました。
News sources: Yomiuri, ANNnewsCH

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