Police raid religious group Kigenkai over fatal assault of member

NAGANO, Japan €” Police on Monday raided the head office of the religious group Kigenkai in Komoro, Nagano Prefecture, in connection with the fatal assault last month of a woman who was a member of the group.

Police suspect Kigenkai’s involvement in the death of the woman, Motoko Okuno, 63, which has led to the arrests of her four relatives also belonging to the group, they said.

The incident came to light as staff at a Komoro hospital reported to the police Sept 25, after the woman was taken there and died, that there were marks on her body indicating she had been beaten.

Police arrested the four family members later and they admitted to assaulting the woman, who ran a sushi restaurant, at their home in Komoro, according to the sources.

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Kyodo News Service, Japan
Oct. 15, 2007

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