Friday, 22 Feb 2019

The doomsday cult leader, Shoko Asahara was hanged to death yesterday


Shoko AharaShoko Ahara - The leader of the Japanese doomsday cult, Aum Shinrikyo, who carried out a sarin gas attack in 1995, has been executed yesterday and his six followers.

Shoko Asahara, the leader of the cult has been sentenced to death more than 10 years ago for a sarin gas attack on a subway in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, which killed 13 people and injured thousands more.

Japan's Justice Minister, Yoko Kamikawa was quoted as saying by AFP news agency on Friday, July 6th 2018 to justify the execution of the seven men. He said the members of the Aum cult were responsible for "terrible and severe actions, unprecedented and should never happen again". The seven men were executed by hanging.

This hanging law is the first dead execution related to the sarin gas attack. Six other Aum cult followers are still waiting for their execution.

The executions of Asahara and his followers were welcomed by members of the families of the victims of the sarin gas attack. "He (Asahara) certainly deserves to die" said Shizue Takahashi, whose husband was killed in that attack.

The sarin gas attack took place on March 20th, 1995, when members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult unleashed sarin gas in a subway in Tokyo. They pecked out the bags of nerve gas in the oncoming subway. Within seconds, the victims fell down choking and vomiting, while others became blind and paralyzed. The attack has shocked Japanese citizens, who boast a low crime rate.


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