News.com.au (Australia), Dec. 9, 2002
By Shigemi Sato in Tokyo, Japan
The Aum Supreme Truth cult, responsible for a deadly 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, might be ready to carry out another mass murder to rescue its imprisoned guru Shoko Asahara, an official report warned.
The report, filed by the Japanese government’s intelligence agency, claimed the doomsday cult’s current leader, Fumihiro Joyu, was still preaching Asahara’s dogma that people can be freed from their “sinful deeds” if they are killed.
The Public Security Investigation Agency submitted the report a week ago in calling for the government to extend official surveillance on the cult for another three years due to expire in late January as it still posed a threat to society.
But the contents of the report were only made public today by the government commission which was considering the extension request.
“As a death sentence on Asahara in a lower court is seen imminent, it is presumed in reality that the organisation (Aum) may again engage in random mass murder in connection with such schemes as the rescue of Asahara,” the report said.