Former Aum Shinrikyo cult spokesman sets up new group
May 7, 2007
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Monday May 7, 2007
Kyodo — Followers of former AUM Shinrikyo spokesman Fumihiro Joyu reported to the Public Security Intelligence Agency on Monday that they have officially organized themselves into a new group consisting of 163 members, the agency said.
The group, called “Hikari no Wa” (Circle of Light), comprises 57 live-in followers, including Joyu and nine other executives, and 106 lay members, according to the agency.
The new group will also be subject to surveillance under the law just like AUM, which renamed itself Aleph in 2000, the agency said.
The group endorsed its rules at a meeting of executives Saturday and plans to hold a conference of all members on Tuesday, followed by a press conference by Joyu to explain the background and aims of the new group, it said.
AUM has been divided between Joyu’s group which is critical of Asahara and another group supportive of him.
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