This week Japanese police has finally put an end to a 17 years criminal investigation into a series of Aum Shinrikyo cult incidents.
On Monday, September 24th, Tokyo prosecutors indicted the last fugitive, Katsuya Takahashi, 54, suspected in the cult’s deadly sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway in March 1995. The attack killed 13 innocent people and injured more than 6,000 others.
Aum Shinrikyo’s founder Shoko Asahara and 12 of his followers have already had their death sentence finalized, according to Kyodo News. Aum Shinrikyo (オウム真理教）was religious cult known for having deep connections with Japan’s organized crime groups–including selling them methamphetamines, which the group manufactured, and also selling yakuza groups small but powerful incinerators for disposing of bodies.
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[…] Jake Adelstein reports that the criminal investigations related to the Aum Shinrikyo cult have ended with the indictment of Katsuya Takahashi, who was captured in June. […]