KOBE (Kyodo) Relatives of people killed when a commuter train derailed and slammed into a building in 2005 in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, asked a third-party panel Friday to examine a decision by prosecutors not to bring charges against three former executives of West Japan Railway Co. over the crash.

While the Kobe District Public Prosecutor’s Office indicted JR West President Masao Yamazaki, 66, in July for professional negligence resulting in death and injury, it did not charge his three predecessors — Masataka Ide, 74, Shojiro Nanya, 68, and Takeshi Kakiuchi, 65.

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