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Japan Executes Aum Shinrikyo Cult Leader

Postby toucana on July 5th, 2018, 9:23 pm 

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Shoko Asahara - Leader of Aum Shinrikyo Cult

Shoko Asahara (aka - Chizuo Matsumoto) has been executed according to Japanese press sources.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43395483

He was the leader of an apocalyptic death-cult called Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) that carried out attacks on the Tokyo underground railway system with bags of Sarin nerve toxin on 20 March 1995. Thirteen people died in the attacks and many more were injured.

The cult made several other attempts to release hydrogen cyanide at various railway stations in the months afterwards, before the police closed in on the cult.

Twelve other cult leaders were also sentenced to death along with their leader and another six were sentenced to life imprisonment. The convicted men have spent decades on death row awaiting the resolution of final appeals on all sentences.

Under Japanese law, executions cannot take place until all related appeals have been exhausted, which happened in January, The death penalty is only used for serious cases of murder in Japan, and is carried out by hanging.
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Re: Japan Executes Aum Shinrikyo Cult Leader

Postby toucana on July 26th, 2018, 2:28 am 

The final six members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult have been executed today according to Japanese authorities.

https://news.sky.com/story/final-members-of-sarin-attack-cult-are-executed-in-japan-11449077

The cult leader Shoko Asahara was hanged along with six other leading members three weeks ago. All of the inmates had been on death-row for decades awaiting the expiration of their final appeals.

The doomsday religious cult were guilty of a number of crimes starting with a sarin gas attack in the Matsumoto district of Tokyo on the 27 June 1994 that killed eight people and injured over 500 others.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_subway_sarin_attack

Their most notorious outrage however was the attack on the Tokyo metro system nine months later. On Monday 20 March 1995, five cult members equipped with packages of the nerve agent sarin boarded metro trains passing through the Kasumigaseki and Nagatachō districts of central Tokyo near the Diet or Japanese parliament buildings. They used umbrellas with sharpened tips to puncture packs of liquid sarin left on the floors of carriages.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_-Aq6Jgp_8

The metro system attack killed 12 people and injured at least 1000 others. But according to scientists this attack on a mass transit hub could easily have killed up to 10,000 people had it been planned and executed in a slightly more sophisticated manner.

When Japanese authorities subsequently raided the premises of the Aum Shinrikyo cult in the foot-hills of Mount Fuji, they found an industrial scale chemical plant capable of producing enough sarin to kill millions of people.
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