Category: Aum Shinrikyo

Ex-prosecutor: ‘Aum made preparations to topple the government’

Aum Shrinikyo The Aum Supreme Truth cult could have toppled the government and taken power, even only for a short period, by committing mass murder in Tokyo with 70 tons of deadly sarin gas and 1,000 automatic rifles, a former Supreme Court justice said in an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Meanwhile, New Religious Movements scholars — paid for by Aum Shinrikyo itself — defended the cult.

Aum Shinikyo trial end: Final appeal on Tokyo subway gas attack rejected

Aum Shinrikyo Japan’s top court on Monday rejected the final appeal against a death sentence meted out for the deadly 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, leaving 13 members of the Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult facing the gallows.

The supreme court threw out requests to spare the life of Seiichi Endo, the last of the cultists indicted over a series of attacks, including that on commuters which left 13 people dead — one of the nation’s worst mass-murders.

Japan’s top court upholds death sentence against Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult member

Aum Shinrikyo Japan’s Supreme Court on Friday rejected an appeal by senior AUM Shinrikyo cult member Tomomasa Nakagawa, who was sentenced to death by lower courts for involvement in a series of incidents including the group’s sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway system in 1995 and in Nagano Prefecture a year earlier.

Ex-AUM cult member releases poems before top court’s death sentence ruling

Aum Shinrikyo Former senior AUM Shinrikyo member Tomomasa Nakagawa, who was sentenced to death in district and high court rulings over crimes including the group’s deadly sarin gas attacks, has written three poems describing his feelings.

They were released by his lawyer before the Supreme Court dismissed his appeal on Nov. 18.