Tokyo marks 15th anniversary of subway sarin attack

Aum Shinrikyo Tokyo marked the 15th anniversary Saturday of the sarin nerve gas attack on its subway system by AUM Shinrikyo cult members that left 13 dead and sickened some 6,300.

The cult’s founder Shoko Asahara, 55, and nine other cult members are currently awaiting execution on death row, while three others remain at large.

Aum Shinrikyo victim count rises

Aum Shinrikyo The number of victims of the 1995 sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway by the AUM Shinrikyo cult is almost 6,300 in a nationwide police survey — far more than the earlier estimate of over 5,000.

Meanwhile one more fatality has been identified.

Aum victim keeps memory alive via film

Aum Shinrikyo In March 1995 members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult carried out its infamous nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

The widow of a man killed in the attack has made a documentary film in which she interviews other people victimized in the sarin attack.

Japan: Police received tip before Aum cult’s sarin gas attack

Aum Shinrikyo, cult of cowards A tip that Aum Shinrikyo might try to disrupt plans by police to probe its activities was received shortly before the cult attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin in 1995, the national police chief at the time revealed in an interview.

A video recording of the interview will be played at a public viewing on March 13, along with interviews with other people involved in the case ahead of the 15th anniversary of the attack.

Death sentence for ex-AUM Shinrikyo cult member Niimi finalized

Aum Shinrikyo The death sentence for former senior AUM Shinrikyo cult member Tomomitsu Niimi has been finalized for his roles in 11 crimes killing 26 people.

Japan’s Supreme Court rejected the defendant’s objection the top court’s earlier ruling.

Supreme Court rejects AUM cult member’s death sentence appeal

Aum Shinrikyo Japan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a former high-ranking member of the AUM-Shinrikyo cult convicted of murder and other crimes, meaning the death sentence handed down to him in earlier rulings will become fixed.

The man is the 10th member of AUM Shinrikyo to have a death sentence fixed

Death penalty for AUM Shinrikyo member upheld

Aum Shinrikyo Japan’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a high court decision that sentenced former AUM Shinrikyo cult member Yoshihiro Inoue to death for playing a key role in the deadly 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

Justice Seishi Kanetsuki, the presiding judge of the case at the highest court’s first petty bench, turned down an appeal from Inoue, 39, against a high court decision that overturned a life sentence and instead gave him the death penalty.

Professor gets imperial medal for work on solving Japanese sarin-gas attacks

Aum Shinrikyo Anthony Tu — now an emeritus professor of biochemistry at Colorado State University — became famous for helping Japanese authorities track down the source of sarin nerve gas attacks in two Japanese cities, including Tokyo, in 1994 and 1995.

Tu’s knowledge convict Aum Shinrikyo cult leader, Shoko Asahara.

Supreme Court upholds cult AUM Shinrikyo members’ death sentences

Aum Shinrikyo Two former members of the cult AUM Shinrikyo, Toru Toyoda (41) and Kenichi Hirose (45), had their death sentences upheld by the Supreme Court on Friday for their involvement in the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system that killed 12 people and hospitalized thousands.

Aum Shinrikyo cult’s secret stash turned over to its victims

Aum Shinrikyo A secret stash of money apparently hidden by a member of the Aum Shinrikyo killer cult — notorious for its poison gas attacks on Japan’s metro system, as well as a range of other crimes — has been turned over to a fund set up for its victims.

which handed the money to the organization after the expiration of a three-month retention period, is investigating whether the money was used to provide support for wanted AUM fugitives.

Religion News Roundup: Aum Shinrikyo, Scientology, Pareidolia, FLDS, and more

RNB Religion News Roundup The RNB Religion News Roundup for Friday, Apr. 24, 2009 includes items about Scientology, Aum Shinrikyo, Korean cult leader Jeong Myeong-Seok, the continuing popularity of Aum Shrinrikyo’s jailed cult leader, and China’s on-going ban on Falun Gong.

Also: • A US state must pay benefits to the wife of a Jehovah’s Witness who died after refusing a blood transfusion  • A killer turned pastor upsets his victim’s son  • Nigerian preacher speaks out against witch hunts  • Vampire story gets demoted…

Plus: what do you see? Pareidolia?

Anniversary of cult’s sarin gas attack observed at Tokyo subway station

Aum Shinrikyo The 14th anniversary of the Aum Shinrikyo cult’s deadly 1995 sarin nerve gas attacks was marked Friday in a ceremony at the Tokyo subway’s Kasumigaseki Station.

The attacks took the lives of 12 people, including two subway workers at Kasumigaseki Station in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, and sickened more than 5,500 others. [video]

Japanese Court Dismisses AUM Cult Founder’s Plea for Retrial

Shoko Asahara The Tokyo District Court has dismissed a request for a retrial of AUM Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara, who was sentenced to death for crimes including the deadly sarin gassing of Tokyo’s subway system in 1995.

Lawyers for Asahara, 54, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, had provided testimony by former AUM executive Seiichi Endo, 48, who denied that Asahara was involved in the subway gassing. However, the court dismissed the credibility of the testimony. [video]

Japan: Security agency calls for extension of surveillance of Aum cult

Aum Shinrikyo The agency decided to file the request with the Public Security Examination Commission, concluding that the group could commit indiscriminate mass murders because it is still under the strong influence of founder, Chizuo Matsumoto, 53, also known as Shoko Asahara.

The agency also asked for the surveillance extension to include Hikari no Wa, a new group established by Fumihiro Joyu, a 45-year-old former senior Aum member. The agency believes the splinter group is still integral to the cult.

AUM Shinrikyo bankruptcy procedures to end, victims get 40% of compensation

Aum Shinrikyo: Cult of Doom Bankruptcy procedures for AUM Shinrikyo have effectively ended, but victims of the 1995 sarin gas attacks on Tokyo’s subway system and other crimes by cult members have received only 40 percent of the compensation that they should have been paid, the receiver said Wednesday.

The victims will also receive up to 30 million yen each from the central government depending on their degree of suffering under a relief law set to take effect Dec. 18. [video]

Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult guru seeks retrial

Shoko Asahara Lawyers for the Japanese doomsday cult leader on death row for ordering a deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995 have requested a retrial, a court official said Tuesday.

The petition was based on what Asahara’s lawyers considered new evidence from testimony by a senior member of the cult that the attacks had been carried out against their leader’s wishes.

Survivor of 1994 Aum Shinrikyo Cult Sarin Attack Dies in Coma

Shoko Asahara Sumiko Kono, who survived an AUM Shinrikyo cult sarin gas attack in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, in 1994 but was left bedridden and comatose, died Tuesday of respiratory failure, people familiar with her said.

The Japanese cult has a history of violence. Nevertheless, it was for a while defended by cult apologists who suggested investigation of the ‘new religious movement’ was akin to religious persecution.

Aum compensation unresolved

Aum Shinrikyo cult leader Shoko Asahara The Diet recently passed into law a bill designed to provide state benefits to victims of crimes committed by the Aum Supreme Truth cult, but stopped short of requiring the central government to compensate victims of the indiscriminate terrorist attacks.

Victims of AUM crimes to get compensation from government

Aum Shinrikyo “Thirteen years of efforts (to seek legislation on compensation for victims) finally bore fruit. I feel a sense of accomplishment,” one victim said.

She lost her 50-year-old husband Kazumasa, who worked as an assistant station master at Kasumigaseki Subway Station, when it was gassed by the cult in 1995.
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