Japan cult guru’s daughters win libel suit

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AFP, Aug. 2, 2003

TOKYO – Two daughters of Shoko Asahara, the jailed guru of the Aum Supreme Truth group blamed for the 1995 nerve-gas attack on the Tokyo subway, yesterday won a court battle against a magazine which chided them for living off the cult‘s wealth.

The Tokyo District Court ordered the magazine publisher, Mr Shinchosha, to pay 1.3 million yen (S$190,000) in damages to the two women and publish an apology.

The magazine Shukan Shincho last year reported the daughters, now aged 22 and 20, spent a month in Canada living on up to five million yen in cash from the cult’s coffers.

The judge said the article was a ‘total fabrication except for the fact that the daughters stayed in Canada’.

‘They travelled to Canada for language training with funds they had earned from part-time jobs.’

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