Execution cultists of sarin-attack expected

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Cult Leader Shoko Asahara.

Thirteen Japanese cult members, who were involved in a sarinaanval in the Tokyo subway in 1995, would these days be suspended.

Twenty-three years ago, on 20 march 1995, committed the sect Aum Shinrikyode an attack on the Tokyo subway with the deadly nerve agent sarin. Thirteen people were killed, thousands of others were ill.

The cult leader Shoko Asahara and a dozen followers were sentenced to death. Last week, some of them to new facilities transferred. Does that local media suspect that the executions will soon take place.


Aum Shinrikyode was a violent sect that is the end of civilization provided, and the confrontation with the state came. If the cultists at the same time be hung, then it would be one of the largest executions in the modern history of Japan.

Executions in Japan are shrouded in secrecy. The country makes the timing of the executions in advance never known. Sometimes the terdoodveroordeelden itself after years on death row, but a few hours in advance. Sometimes family members only after the suspension is notified.

Death penalty

Amnesty International believes that the death penalty is never righteous. ‘Because it is the ultimate denial of human rights’, says researcher Hiroka Shoji.

Also, some of the survivors of the attack are against the execution, because they have no hope for a better explanation of the crimes. The cult leader Asahara has never his responsibility is acknowledged or a coherent explanation. According to his 34-year-old daughter, Rika Matsumoto, he understands his punishment is not and he has a treatment is needed that he can recover and talk.

The 71-year-old Shizue Takahashi, whose husband was killed in the attack, Tuesday morning flowers laid down in the metro station. “I hope she is, according to the law be executed without too much hustle and bustle around.’

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