Cult founder needs medical attention – family

Tokyo – Relatives of the founder of a doomsday cult behind the fatal 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway want him admitted to hospital because his mental state is deteriorating, news reports said on Tuesday.

The family of Shoko Asahara, the former acupuncturist who preached a unique mix of Hindu and Buddhist tenets, filed a motion with the Tokyo District Court saying he was being illegally held without treatment for mental disorders, Jiji Press and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation said.

Officials at the court declined comment, saying the proceedings were closed to the public.

Asahara’s daughters have told AFP previously that their father, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, has become unable to express himself, wears nappies and mumbles unintelligibly after a decade in detention.

Asahara was sentenced to death in February last year for crimes including the subway attack, in which cult members spread Nazi-invented sarin gas on rush-hour trains.

Twelve people were killed and thousands more injured.

He is appealing the verdict but the trial has been stalled because Asahara’s lawyers say it is impossible to communicate with him.

Vacation? Short break? Day trip? Get Skip-the-line tickets at GetYourGuide.


(Listed if other than Religion News Blog, or if not shown above)
AFP, via, France
June 21, 2005

Religion News Blog posted this on Tuesday June 21, 2005.
Last updated if a date shows here:


More About This Subject


Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission -- at no additional cost to you -- for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate, Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this research service free of charge.

Speaking of which: One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at