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.
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.
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.
A tip that Aum Shinriky
o 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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]
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]
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.
Bankruptcy procedures for AUM Shinrikyo
have effectively ended, but victims of the 1995 sarin gas attacks
on Tokyo’s subway system and other crimes
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]
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.
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.
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.
“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.