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...]
Japan’s public security authorities have received permission to extent surveillance of the Aum Shinrikyo cult — now called Aleph — and its offshoot Hikari No Wa. [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
Japanese police have admitted they turned away one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives when he tried to surrender on New Year’s Eve after nearly 17 years on the run.
An officer thought the man was playing a practical joke. [Read more...]