Death cult leader freed

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Mainichi Daily News (Japan), Aug. 26, 2002

One of the former prime movers of doomsday cult AUM Shinrikyo has been released from prison, police said Monday.

Eriko Iida, 41, has completed the 6 1/2 year sentence she was handed after a conviction for illegal confinement resulting in the death of notary public Kiyoshi Kariya.

Iida, who has indicated she will leave the group responsible for the 1995 Tokyo subway lethal gassing, left the Hachioji Medical Prison in suburban Tokyo on Saturday.

She had been incarcerated there since March, when she fell ill, but spent most of her term behind bars at the Tochigi Women’s Prison.

Iida was convicted for holding Kariya, an outspoken opponent of the cult, at the group’s headquarters in Kamikuishiki, Yamanashi Prefecture, in February 1995. While there, AUM members injected Kariya with an anesthetic. However, the anesthetic brought on side effects that killed the 68-year-old man.

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