The Tokyo public prosecutor's office Saturday indicted four key persons on bribery charges involving the Recruit stock scandal.

The four were Hiromasa Ezoe, former chairman of Recruit, a giant labor-information company; Hiroshi Kobayashi, former president of First Finance Co.; and two former executives of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., Ei Shikiba and Hisahiko Hasegawa.They allegedly gave and received bribes in the form of transfers of unlisted shares of Recruit Cosmos, a real-estate subsidiary of Recruit.

Reports said the Recruit Cosmos unlisted shares, whose price was certain to go up sharply on the public stock market after listing, were reported to have been transfered to 17 politicians and aides, including secretaries of Prime Minister Noboro Takeshita and former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone.