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this is c w news live from berlin the officials in charge of the fukushima nuclear power plant that went into meltdown are found not guilty 3 former executives were accused of failing to mitigate the disaster which came in the wake of the 2011 tsunami it was the only criminal trial resulting from the nuclear catastrophe and. also coming up saudi arabia displays the drones and missiles it says proves iran sponsored the attacks on an oil installations the u.s. labeled the attacks an act of war. and canada's prime minister justin trudeau
says he's sorry after a picture of him wearing brown face makeup was published by time magazine but in the midst of an election campaign will he survive. waiter welcome to the program. a japanese court has acquitted 3 former officials who were in charge of the fukushima nuclear plant that went into meltdown after the tsunami in 2011 it was the only criminal trial to stem from the disaster the former executives of the tokyo electric power company or tepco faced up to 5 years in prison if found guilty of professional negligence. first an earthquake then a tsunami and finally and nuclear disaster after 3 of the plant's reactor cores
melted down hundreds of thousands of people fled from their homes to escape the radiation the granted water and fukushima remain contamination even today many homeowners aren't allowed to return the clean up work by operator tepco is expected to last decades. those whose lives have been affected continue to take to the streets an independent commission concluded the disaster was manmade and foreseeable that it could have been avoided with better safety planning previous court rulings have ordered millions of dollars in compensation to be paid. but thursday's ruling has exonerations 3 former executives of professional negligence finding them not guilty of causing the deaths of 44 patients whose health deteriorated after being evacuated from a local hospital. a disappointing result for the victims who had come to see
justice served c. we cannot understand it we are not satisfied. indeed 8 and a half years so many people were forced to leave their houses 6 forced to leave their homeland and still remain displaced and unable to decide where to live. how would you feel if your house today would take him away from. this is extremely extremely frustrating the plaintiffs in this case are considering an appeal a final bid in the long search for accountability for more on this let's bring in michael penn in tokyo he's a journalist of the news agency michael thank you for joining us start with just why did the court issue a verdict of not guilty well according to the reasoning of the court
the. executives. were not sufficiently accountable for predicting that a giant tsunami could happen and that this sort of disaster might happen and this is this is rather in spite of a considerable evidence that they had been given reports and in fact in 2008 they were warned quite specifically that a giant tsunami could hit the plant and cause such a disaster and they were advised to build a safety wall but they decided that if they built the safety wall it be too expensive and might alarm a residents feeling that the plant's unsafe so they pulled the plug on that safety wall but the court said that's still not enough they still weren't responsible for . for predicting the tsunami and we've seen a lot of public anger about this decision but is that likely to change anything or
do you think there will be an appeal. well it's hard to say whether or not there will be an appeal the latest information is that the lawyers are considering it. now as for public anger of course there's going to be a lot of public anger especially people in fukushima who have. you know suffered an enormous amount you know here we are many years after 2011 and many people cannot move back there their houses and their communities have been more or less destroyed so yes the damage that was done indoors and the anger continues and these are the only individuals so far at least who faced criminal prosecution for this nuclear disaster why is that. well. that's a good question i think there's not a clear answer to that except to say that that you know the establishment of
politicians and the bureaucrats and the businesspeople who work together to build these plants and and who made the mistakes in policy don't want to hold themselves accountable there were many of them who were and were involved in making this this tragedy and you know political systems especially those who are the most empowered don't want to hold themselves accountable when something goes very very wrong as it did in this case journalist michael paine in tokyo for us thank you so much thank you. and now we'll take a look at some of the other stories making news around the world israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has called on his main rival to form a broad governing coalition after tuesday's election ended with no clear winner the likud party leader said there was no choice but to join the centrist blue and white party of benny gantz in a unity government. at least 20 people have been killed and more than 90 wounded in
a truck bomb attack in southern afghanistan authorities say the early morning blast occurred next to a hospital in the city of columbus the taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. here in germany a murder mystery possibly involving a russian agent has been capturing the headlines a month ago a chechen asylum seeker was shot dead in broad daylight in a berlin park his alleged killer was quickly arrested and that killer's passport showed him to be a russian citizen the victim had been a chechen leader in the war against russia 20 years ago so now there is widespread circulation speculation that the allegedly was an agent of the russian government has more. by was. murdered it's a question his ex-wife the tivo can stop thinking about she says and to sought asylum in germany in 2016 because he was being pursued by the russian secret service. to keep it appears we were warned that something could happen at some
point but i never thought such a brutal attack could take place so easily here in germany where the security services the police and the law are among the strongest in the won't there's. the spark and brilliant to be said to mosque a man on the bicycle approaching from behind and fired several shots but then it'd gone flat but will soon caught. their identities of the 2 men quickly raise suspicion. the victims in hunger sheer will spirit in his home country georgia he belonged to the minority church and community there until 2005 he had been a commander in the 2nd chechen war against russia that put him in moscow sluice of want to terrorist. an attempt had been made on his life 4 years ago.
i think he was killed because of his role in the chechen war most of. all these problems started when he came back from the war which you know sees that having. the name of the alleged gunman is off according to his passport hereafter in germany shortly before the attack possibly using a fake identity the investigative group betting kid believes says nation may have been ordered by the russian secret service. indeed sooner gave all stay and pass the clues are in the passport used by the subject and in his visa application . pass. out. the name given on the passport doesn't exist in any russian database and also for eunice. moscow ordered the killing.
since the end of august to the suspected assassin has been held in this barren prison and is montagne to silence his russian passport was issued under the name but in circles the false identity according to media reports so the suspicion the confounds russian secret services would become to focus on is to get. to the in-state prosecutors who want to comment on speaker lation about russian involvement. for the into going with it and the motive behind the attack is difficult to pinpoint we haven't found any evidence of a classic motive from the world of organized crime we haven't found any personal motive between the parties and presume it is more to move. the case is being followed across europe so gilligan's key is a german member of the european parliament he says spell in slocum authorities are overwhelmed and wants federal prosecutors to take over the indus to gauge. i think
it would be wrong here to hesitate because it is about our resilience as a country and it is about our security situation and threat it's better to act fast in a situation like this. but the official reaction so far has been to slow film on not to t.v. . even though she knows the situation sensitive. case has the potential to shake up german russian relations. but to discuss this more now in the studio is our security expert so will this case indeed shake up german russian relations it could do so in this case definitely could cause a deep rift in german russian relations and that's why john government official so far reacted extremely cautiously when being asked to comment on that case if there
is any proof of the russian state of the killing of the congress really in the heart of berlin and germany would have would be forced to show a shop political reaction meaning perhaps even new sanctions against russia but if you launch such a process you have to be 100 percent sure otherwise imagine what would happen if you falsely accuse the state to be behind such a crime it would end up in a diplomatic disaster for germany that absolutely and that's perhaps one of the reasons why investigators have been keeping their findings so far under wraps if they've even found anything at all about how likely do you think that there is a foreign service behind the killing of congress really could it have been the russians. investigators are trying to find out who that guy that alleged killer really is they are checking his identity the guy is in custody here in berlin and he's showing absolutely no will to cooperate there were. some newspaper reports
here in germany that a u.s. secret service gave some material related to that case to the drum some evidence that shows that the alleged killer has connections to russian state bodies and does a research platform that claims that the possible the alleged killer has used to travel to germany was issued by a german by russian agency which used to issue possible odds for russian secret agents of the drum investigators staying silent on all that so there's some bread crumbs there but just for background what interest would moscow have in seeing congress really dead he was a chechen leader 20 years ago and he is reportage have been a very successful military leader he was a war lot in the 2nd chechen war he was a leading commanding a brigade in it's really a war for against the russians after the war he fled to georgia where he staged
used took some refuge with relatives and he's reported to have worked for the georgian secret service then he left to ukraine where he stayed a year or so eventually he made it to berlin where he asked for asylum so mr congress really had many enemies not only in russia not only among the highest ranks of his wall time and abuse that's what investigators say off the record but if you analyze that case politically i think russia has no interest in spoiling the relations especially to berlin russia right now is following a real entry strategy of president putin wants to break off the diplomatic isolation of his country and he wants to get rid of the sanctions so why should all this be endangered by killing by russia at the heart of berlin just
a mile away from the transferee security expert kristen tripp i thank you so much. u.s. secretary of state my pump air has said the strike on saudi oil installations that took place last weekend are an act of war by iran iran continues to deny any involvement in the attacks but washington nevertheless says it will impose what it calls substantial sanctions on tehran. remnants of drones and a cruise missile the saudi defense ministry claims they were among the weapons used in last weekend's strikes on 2 of its oil facilities maps drawn up to show that the attack most likely came from a northerly direction a saudi military spokesman colonel turki al maliki said the assault was sponsored by iran and did not originate in yemen in the south the home of the rebels who earlier claimed responsibility. but the colonel didn't explicitly accuse tehran of
launching the attack and admitted they didn't know where the weapons were fired from. but we are working to know exactly the launch point. 30 over lunch for you we or the cruise missile would take that talent ability for attacking the saudi infrastructure and the soviets really and you know iran has renewed its denial of involvement in the attack. well it's he was completely clear and these claims and accusations are firstly completely seriously and decisively rejected. saudi arabia's ally washington is saying off the record it's convinced of iran's involvement but president trump is avoiding direct accusations and being cautious when it comes to questions of u.s. military involvement we haven't learned bartz that we didn't know but but there is there is a certain. i guarantee factor we're really at
a port now where we know very much what happened you know there's plenty of time to do some dastardly things it's very easy to start. that we'll see what happens. u.s. secretary of state might pump a 0 has arrived in saudi arabia he's called the strikes on saudi arabia's oil infrastructure an act of war meeting with the crown prince he said washington wants to build a coalition of european and arab partners to deter and confront threats. and joining us now from teheran is journalist i have a see he works for the french news agency a.f.p. m s saudi authorities are saying bay have evidence that iran was behind these attacks on their oil facilities how is teheran reacting to this accusation. hello and thank you for having me well of course judging from what the what the foreign ministry. from the recent interviews are coming in with decision iran is obviously
denying all these charges and the official stance there have a guess that the yemenis themselves have developed this technology and been full of this attack. saying that this attack which has happened is basically a direct result of the war on yemen and that the. u.s. saudi arabia will call the shim to start to believe that it's when they wage the war it will come back on their own doorstep does of course as you once plants will as you know iran has always denied that it is in any way helping yemen and has denied any charges that there are a proxy forces of you so of course you understand to see distancing itself from this situation with this now despite it distancing itself how concerned is iran about any possible retaliatory military action by either side arabia or the united states. well judging from the recent remarks i would say it does not seem to be
that. the thing is that 3 it's the same situation kind of the same situation the top of the world one of. the american drone. sort of happened was black. i think that was the trigger for iran to reload is that the u.s. is not going to get into another war in the middle east at least another was. one of the allies like saudi arabia and. basically shows. like. the belief that there's not going to be a war that's and little. while back so i don't think the concerns are so much here. and there have a c.f.p. correspondent in tehran thank you so much for 3 months of pro-democracy demonstrations in hong kong have pitted police against
protesters in increasingly violent street clashes with no end in sight to the unrest people in hong kong with close personal ties to members of the police force are finding themselves in a difficult position but he is building on cherry chan have the story of 2 women caught in the middle of a political crisis images of clashes between police and protesters are deeply troubling to marry when still early the conflict one runs through their family they support the protests but mary is the daughter of a policeman and stella's fiance serves in the riot corning's. i have been depressed since it all began in june i feel my position is truly embarrassing. since the beginning police have been accused of using excessive violence on protesters the longer the protests last the more aggressive both sides become videos of policemen abusing protesters regularly go viral and anger many people
stella's says that she and her fiance have agreed to discuss things as calmly as possible. for but sometimes they become angry and confront him more aggressively then he just answers that he was not on the spot and did not see what was happening so he cannot judge for they have agreed to meet us on the condition of anonymity still unmarried are not their real names they fear repercussions for their relatives in the police force but they could also become a target of radical protestors in hong kong on the internet people say the families of police men should burn in hell come on i didn't do anything wrong why should i suffer. the pro-government and the pro-democracy camps show less and less tolerance for each other several times both sides have clashed on the street or in shopping
centers government supporters call protesters cockroaches protesters accuse them of being paid agents and mary's family the constant arguments led to her move out of her parents' home. since the protests started i've only had dinner with them once we don't see each other and i left all the family groups on what's up. an end to the conflict that is tearing their families apart is nowhere in sight protests are happening every weekend and all those stellar lead disapproves of the violence that mocks many protests she continues to attend some of the marchers she carefully avoids revealing her background to fellow protesters. i have never thought that people would see me as guilty for being the fiance of a policeman some friends have asked me if i still wanted to have children knowing
they would grow up with such a burden and you're helpless. but there are also days she says when she believes that the rift between police and society can be healed after this crisis and. canada's prime minister justin trudeau has apologized after a picture of him wearing brown face makeup was published by time magazine the photo was taken in 21000 was a teacher and attended a costume party trudeau told reporters he quote should have known better and was deeply sorry yearbooks have a habit of haunting politicians this 2001 photo of justin trudeau in brighton face is no different. clearly rock sold the canadian prime minister at pains to apologize in 2001. i was a teacher in vancouver i attended an individual gala where the theme was arabian
nights. dressed up in a latin costume and put makeup on it was something that i didn't think was racist at the time but now i recognize it was something racist to do and i am deeply saddened if you take on this scandal feel to the fire of canada's election campaign . wearing brown faces an active open market in races it was just as racist in 2001 as it is in 2018 but what comedian saw this evening is someone with a complete lack of judgment and integrity and someone who's not fit to govern mr. trudeau launched his reelection bid last week just as reports of marriage that police are investigating claims he had corruption charges dropped against an engineering company but for someone who has made political he out of his support
for multiculturalism this could be more damaging. well it's troubling i mean really it's insulting. and each time we hear examples of brown feaster black facing it's really it's it's making a mockery of someone for what they live and what the real lived experiences are. i think he's answered for the he's going to answer the question why he did perhaps more than the charge of racism this image will lead to questions of authenticity and whether justin true to is indeed the poster boy of liberalism that he claims to be. this is deja news these are our top stories a japanese court has acquitted 3 executives of criminal negligence in the 2011 fukushima nuclear disaster the power station meltdown was caused by an earthquake and tsunami prosecutors allege the men failed to take precautions that could have mitigated the damage to the plant. israel's prime minister benjamin
netanyahu has called on his main rival centrist benny gantz of the blue and white party to form a unity government he made the call after tuesday's election resulted in no clear winner. at least 20 people have been killed and more than 90 wounded in a truck bomb attack in southern afghanistan authorities say the early morning blast occurred next to a hospital in the city of. the taliban have claimed responsibility. canadian prime minister justin trudeau has apologized after a photo of him wearing brown face make up at a costume party was published by time magazine the photo was taken in 2001 when trudeau was a teacher at a private school. this is deja vu news from berlin you can always find all the latest headlines at d w dot com or follow us on twitter up next the latest business news a planned free trade pact pact between the e.u.
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