Ex-Aum Shinrikyo cultist faces fresh arrest warrant over bombing

Makoto Hirata Former AUM Shinrikyo cult member Makoto Hirata, 46, arrested for kidnapping, will be served a fresh arrest warrant as early as Jan. 31 for alleged involvement in a 1995 bombing in Tokyo.

Meanwhile another former Aum Shinikyo cult member was charged with harboring Hirata while knowing he was a fugitive. [Read more...]

Aum Shinikyo cult member charged with kidnapping and confinement

Makoto Hirata A senior member of Aum Shinrikyo — the doomsday cult behind the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo subways — has been charged in a kidnapping case, one of dozens of cult-related crimes in the 1990s.

Prosecutors charged Makoto Hirata with “unlawful capture” and confinement Friday in connection with the fatal abduction of a lawyer. [Read more...]

Ex-cultist arrested for harboring Aum Shinrikyo’s Hirata

Makoto Hirata A former AUM Shinrikyo follower who turned herself in to Tokyo police early Tuesday was arrested later in the day on suspicion of harboring Makoto Hirata — a former senior member of the cult, who was apprehended on New Year’s Day after surrendering to the police. [Read more...]

Aum Shinrikyo cult leader Shoko Asahara to be grilled over Hirata slaying role

Makoto Hirata Japanese investigators are set to question Aum Shinrikyo guru Shoko Asahara over the role Makoto Hirata, a former member of the cult who turned himself in to Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Dec. 31 after 17 years on the run, played in the abduction and death of a Tokyo notary office clerk in 1995, sources said Monday. [Read more...]

Imprisoned Ex-Aum Shinrikyo cult members questioned over Hirata’s role in 1995 case

Makoto Hirata Tokyo police have questioned a former AUM Shinrikyo cult member as part of their investigation into a case involving another former leading member who turned himself in to police over the weekend after almost 17 years on the run.

Other convicted Aum members are being questioned as well. [Read more...]