Death sentence for ex-AUM Shinrikyo cult member Niimi finalized

The death sentence for former senior AUM Shinrikyo cult member Tomomitsu Niimi has been finalized for his roles in 11 crimes killing 26 people as the Supreme Court rejected the defendant’s objection the top court’s earlier ruling.

Conspiring with [cult founder and leader Shoko] Asahara and other members, Niimi is convicted of killing Tsutsumi Sakamoto, 33, an anti-AUM lawyer in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, and his wife and their baby son in 1989, according to the top court’s ruling in January.

He was also involved in sarin gas attacks in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, in 1994, and on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, killing seven and 12 people respectively.

The court also found that Niimi killed four other people including AUM members between 1989 and 1994.

– Source / Full Story: Death sentence for ex-AUM member Niimi finalized, Kyodo News via Mainichi Daily News, Feb. 18, 2010

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