giftedviz.com
giftedviz.com September 18, 2018


Sarin cult leader and six followers hanged in largest peacetime execution

09 July 2018, 06:14 | Darnell Patrick

AP Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara had been on death row for masterminding the 1995 deadly Tokyo subway gassing and other crimes

Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara had been on death row for masterminding the 1995 deadly Tokyo subway gassing

Shoko Asahara, the bearded, self-proclaimed guru who had recruited scientists and others to his cult, was found two months later, hiding in a compartment in a building ceiling.

The images of bodies, many in business suits, sprawled across subway platforms stunned Japan, and triggered public safety steps such as the removal of non-transparent rubbish bins that remain in force to this day.

Yuji Ogawara, who heads a lawyers' group against the death penalty at the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, said the executions do not bring closure to Aum's crimes.

Asahara and 12 of his followers were sentenced to death and five others received life sentences.

Since those proceedings finished earlier this year, the days of the Aum Shinrikyo members had been numbered, even as opponents of the death penalty attempted to block the executions. Six other cult members were also hanged. Other members from bottom left to right, Yoshihiro Inoue, Tomomitsu Nimi, and Kiyohide Hayakawa. 13 were sentenced to death. The date of their executions is not known. Her daughter was killed in the 1995 subway attack.

Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa read out the names of the seven at a news conference and said what they had done was "extremely atrocious". "I wanted (cult members) to confess more about the incident, so it's a pity that we can not hear their account anymore".

"The attacks carried out by Aum were despicable and those responsible deserve to be punished".

The move drew sharp criticism from some lawmakers as well as Amnesty International, which called capital punishment "the ultimate denial of human rights".

The Aum Shinrikyo was founded by Asahara, who was virtually blind, in 1987 and mixed Buddhist and Hindu meditation with apocalyptic teachings. Asahara proclaimed that he would take the sins of the world upon himself to save his devoted followers in preparation for the coming third world war he predicted the United States was about to start.

Chronology: Poland clashes with EU over judicial reforms, rule of law
Lech Wałęsa has also suggested he will protest , saying on his Facebook that the reforms were "enough to destroy Poland ". Protesters have vowed to assemble at the court when Gersdorf comes to work along with other judges on Wednesday morning.


Orrin Hatch may have given a clue about Trump's Supreme Court pick
The list was by and large the intellectual brainchild of the Federalist Society, the association of conservative lawyers. The book argues that good leadership requires a measure of solitude, a rare commodity in these hyper-connected times.


How rescuers plan to get trapped boys out of Thai cave
In their letters, posted on the local government's Facebook page, several parents make clear that they do not blame the coach . Other messages written on pages from a notebook saw the boys send messages of reassurance to their anxious relatives.


Shoko Asahara, who masterminded the attack in which 13 people died and more than 6,000 others fell ill, was hanged at a detention centre, reports said, citing justice ministry sources. The attack killed 13 people and injured 5,500.

Aleph, a successor group to Aum Shinrikyo, is still involved in a court case over settlements to the victims of the 1995 and other attacks.

Until his execution, there was little information about Asahara.

He was also convicted of the murders of lawyer Tsutsumi Sakamoto, who had been helping parents seeking to free their children of the cult's control, and his wife and their 1-year-old son in November 1989. The killing was eventually linked to the cult.

This photo from 1995 shows subway passengers affected by sarin nerve gas being carried into a hospital.

The attack killed eight people and injured more than 100.

They left punctured bags filled with liquid nerve agent on central train lines.

Police leave an Aum Shinrikyo compound in the small village of Kamikuishiki at the foot of Mount Fuji on March 28, 1995.

A Japanese doomsday cult leader who masterminded the worst terror attack in the country's history has been executed by hanging.



Other News

Trending Now

Why Entrepreneurs Carry Business Cards
You will have to wait for them to visit your website or store later and this can mean they’ve already forgotten about you. If you succeed in creating a memorable business card, you don’t just connect deeper with the person you gave the card to.

North Korea says United States attitude in denuclearization talks 'extremely regrettable'
Nauert said Pompeo's discussions with North Korean officials also included repatriation of American Korean War remains. Both US and North Korean officials discussed what full denuclearization would mean at the high-level talks, he said.

The White House Has a New Senior Advisor - Katie Pavlich
Former Fox News executive Bill Shine's White House appointment by President Trump has drawn ire across social media. In addition, Shine is known to be close to Fox News personality and Trump booster and friend Sean Hannity.

TROPICS: 2 systems may form this week in Atlantic
The eye of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.7 North, longitude 46.5 West on Friday morning. Beryl is a compact hurricane. " The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches)".

British Grand Prix: Vettel stretches lead over hapless Hamilton
In both cases, the penalty did not seem sufficient to satisfy Mercedes, or their drivers, after their races were wrecked by rivals' mistakes.

Tropical Storm Chris forms off the Carolinas, generating unsafe surf
Tropical Storm Beryl , downgraded from a category one hurricane, remains on a slow course towards the Lesser Antilles. The Carolinas could see their first hurricane of the season on Monday, as Tropical Storm Chris strengthens.

Belgium beat Brazil 2-1, will play France in World Cup semifinal
Whatever the reason, the aura of Brazil's famous yellow shirt was nowhere to be found at Kazan Arena. We wanted to stay until the end.

Pop star Justin Bieber engaged to model Hailey Baldwin, according to reports
The ring is gorgeous and Hailey is over the moon with joy. "They're not hanging out together, but they've been communicating". In the image, the singer is silhouetted against a tropical sunset. "Excited for the next chapter", he wrote.

Dozens killed in Japan flooding, landslides
In Hiroshima, nine people were missing after being buried underneath a mudslide Friday night, Kyodo News reported. The younger, a first-grader, was a star and the hope of the depopulated island, the principal told NHK.

Trump’s tweets have added $10 to oil prices, Iran’s OPEC boss says
OPEC-member Iran , however, has warned it would not accept other producers reaping the benefits by taking its market share. Trump on Wednesday accused the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries of driving up fuel prices .